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  •  The limit applies only to reconciliation bills. (4+ / 0-)

    It's in the Budget Act. That's what created reconciliation.

    All conference reports are privileged and motions to proceed to their consideration are non-debatable, which means you can't filibuster the motion, but you can filibuster the consideration itself. Except for budget resolutions and reconciliation bills. The debate on those is limited by statute (the Budget Act), and a time limit negates the possibility of filibuster.

    •  If it weren't for the five-year limit (0+ / 0-)

      that I understand applies to legislation passed by reconciliation, that would seem to clinch its being a good thing.  But I can't get around that time limit, given already delayed implementation of the program and the low likelihood that we'll be in this good of a position five years from now.

      I think that my last line of questions on the point is this: what about bills of mixed provenance?  If, for example, only one provision of the bill went through reconciliation, would the entire legislation have the advantages (no filibuster possible) and disadvantages (limited life span) that come with reconciliation?

      Could any of this be resolved by having two conference committees and thus two conference reports, perhaps lumping something that insurers want (universal mandates) with something they don't want (public option) into one "reconciliation-based" conference report, and the rest in the other?  If so, would this require new action by the House?  Or is (as may well be) this suggestion pointless?

      A mess of Bush Admin officials have gotten away with serious crimes! Grab a mop!

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 03:51:44 PM PST

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      •  Some question remains... (2+ / 0-)
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        Seneca Doane, polar bear

        about the sunsetting of legislation passed under reconciliation procedures. It's still unclear whether that applies only to provisions that would add to the deficit (or reduce revenues) outside of the budget window covered by the bill, or whether all provisions of the bill lose their authorization at the end of the budget window.

        Reconciliation allows for no bills of mixed provenance absent a waiver. Every provision must either pass muster under the rules if challenged by a point of order, or have that point of order waived. But points of order are not self-executing. They must be affirmatively raised.

        You could have two bills, one brought under reconciliation and one under regular order. Or one bill brought under regular order. Or one brought under reconciliation with waivers. But if you use reconciliation, generally you either have to meet the requirements or secure your waivers.

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