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  •  Congress has not passed a FY11 (7+ / 0-)

    budget yet. Reconciliation can only used once each fiscal year. Once congress passes a FY11, the reconciliation will be available.

    •  Exactly. With respect to the diarist, I'm so... (2+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal, CalliopeIrjaPearl

      ...sick of seeing that comment on Kos.

      People need to educate themselves on the rules of the Senate before lobbing criticisms.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

      by dasheight on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 06:28:28 PM PST

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      •  Again, no offense to the diarist, as the... (2+ / 0-)
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        JeffW, skohayes

        ...diary was more a question than a criticism - but looking this stuff up - just educating yourself on how all of this works can prevent overreactions with certain things that happen in Congress. For example, the whole "Dems had 60 votes for six months!" line - it's nonsense. Lieberman and Nelson alone made 58, and that's not even counting a couple of other hard conservative Democrats that made purely Democratic passage impossible for certain bills. But yeah, the reconciliation route can be used once each fiscal year - it was used for health care reform.

        May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

        by dasheight on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 06:33:42 PM PST

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      •  I agree, but where (1+ / 0-)
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        does one go to learn the rules?

      •  I'm sick of seeing it too. (0+ / 0-)

        Since it isn't actually true that there needs to be a new budget passed for the previous budget's reconciliation instructions to remain valid.

    •  No. (0+ / 0-)

      Reconciliation instructions expire only upon the earlier of either: 1) the adoption of a new budget resolution, or; 2) the expiration of the Congress that passed them. Neither one has happened yet.

      You're correct, though, in saying that reconciliation instructions can be used once per budget cycle, not once per year. That's a commonly made mistake.

      Even so, reconciliation doesn't depend on the passage of a budget for FY11.

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