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  •  Senator Harkin believes Conrad would be (2+ / 0-)
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    a problem during reconciliation which is why he is against it.

    This diary still doesn't make the argument that reconciliation is the right move. No one knows what will happen when reconciliation is used. I am not willing to take the chance that we lose the regulations that are the most important part of the legislation.

    •  We could lose the regulations? (1+ / 0-)
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      See, I view these as the best bits of this gutted reform measure. It was initially a rather beautiful and grand vision. It appears to me, in my very simplistic view of things, to now be a possibly good regulatory overhaul.

      I have continuously been trying to find the pros and cons about reconciliation. Just so I understand it; I'm sure my view of it doesn't affect the process a whit, obviously. But I'd like to know whether we might shoot ourselves in the foot with some of the zeal, as some have suggested time and again here. Then again, I suppose this is all a matter of perspective about which parts of the HCR bill are 1. viable and 2. expendable (at this point).

      Why does Senator Harkin view Conrad to be a problem? Has he made a statement about it?

      "Dawn-sniffing revenant / Plodder through midnight rain / Question me again." - Seamus Heaney

      by mahakali overdrive on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 03:38:21 PM PST

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      •  Harkin was on Rachel's show and said that he was (2+ / 0-)
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        against reconciliation because Conrad's committee would get to shape the bill. He pushed back hard against Rachel and she looked surprised.

        According to the Byrd rule we can't use reconciliation unless it impacts the budget. That means the exchange, the regulations, etc. all have to go through cloture. My fear is that if we split the bill and pass the public option in reconciliation Lieberman and others are petty enough to vote against cloture on the regulation bill because they are pissed about use of reconciliation. Lieberman is definitely petty enough to do that. And the bill will not work without the regulations. They are the essential part of this bill.

        •  That was what I understood (1+ / 0-)
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          that the budgetary matters would be divided out of the bill in reconciliation, and that was, I think, my original source of consternation over it.

          "Dawn-sniffing revenant / Plodder through midnight rain / Question me again." - Seamus Heaney

          by mahakali overdrive on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 04:41:29 PM PST

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