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As the title says, dems have decided to add reconciliation instructions to their budget resolution. That is a sharp turn around from couple of days ago when kent Konrad said they wouldn't be putting those instructions in there which would mean ALL their bills this year would be left to the mercy of likes of Joe liberman and Olympia snow. This development is excellent news for progressives (been short on those lately).

The dems didn't choose to unilaterally disarm before the fight begins (this time).Now we have the weapon. Time to use it wisely and for big things.

think jobs package

Think cap and trade (and yes that can easily pass reconciliation since it is essentially a carbon tax)

and even adding and improving the HC bill that just passed.

Basically depending on the final language of the instruction "right now" anything that would decrease the deficit.

http://thehill.com/...

Senate Democrats have written their budget resolution so they can pass jobs legislation using reconciliation, the controversial process used last month to move healthcare reform.

The resolution does not specify what specific jobs measures could be covered, and does not explicitly allow for the use of reconciliation rules to pass energy legislation or the extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and a number of other Democrats on Tuesday, however, said the fast-track process could be used to move tax cuts, energy legislation and more later this year.

"There are many different areas it could be used," Cardin said.

Lets keep the bush tax cut bullshit away from this bill and push for adding progressive items (that affect the budget: like a PO, jobs bill, climate change bill) in there.

Obama is a centrist and so are many of the dems, so putting good progressives items in this reconciliation bill will need serious progressive/netroot push/organization.

I like what I am seeing with financial reform fight and now this. Keep it up dems (and choose a LIBERAL nominee for SC Obama).

Adios

Originally posted to FistJab on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 11:45 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Every budget resolution should include (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, awcomeon, MichaelNY

    reconciliation instructions .  . . But I heard that the House might not pass a budget resolution at all, which would be problematic . . .

  •  Your capitalization choices are interesting. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    condorcet, briefer, MichaelNY
  •  I'm sure the Dems will disappoint us before it's (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    over. There is still time.

  •  I'd prefer a plain carbon tax to cap and trade (3+ / 0-)
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    Creosote, elwior, MichaelNY

    it's a lot harder to game

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    Toyota: Proof US Union Labor Still Does it Better

    by VelvetElvis on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 12:28:19 AM PDT

  •  Looks like somebody woke up ....... (6+ / 0-)
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    elwior, JesseCW, Losty, mdmslle, awcomeon, MichaelNY

    ....... in the White House and Congress and realized they  had the daily double of an election in November and trouble in the ranks.  

  •  This could be big, (0+ / 0-)

    if taken advantage of this time around.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 01:59:56 AM PDT

  •  I guess they're not serious about Senate reform (0+ / 0-)

    You don't need reconciliation without bullshit filibuster rules.

  •  Obama is after a complete victory. (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    health insurance reform

    wall street reform

    student loan reform

    Immigration reform next up

    Social change: (DDT)+ (DOMA) when?

  •  You Know Centrist Is Not A Dirty Word (2+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle, cherish0708

    It's centrists who "true" progressives will need to get elected or gain power. You do realize that right?
    Centrist voters to come to the polls, and Centrists pols to back your candidates. So stop saying Centrist as if they are not true blue. That Centrist Obama is one of the main, if not only reason you are getting anything on your agenda done. You may not be completely happy with it but I know a lot of people who are tired of shouting at the sky and not getting anything done. That Centrist in the WH is setting the foundation where as with W, ya'll aint had shit to work with.

    •  The problem with centrists (3+ / 0-)
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      manwithnoname, Losty, laker

      is they keep aiming for the present center and not the true center.

      This is especially problematic when you have a party or group of politicians at one end of the spectrum proposing the most absurd, downright ridiculous and utterly reprehensible.  Trying to be a centrist at that point is like trying to find middle ground between eating babies and giving them free daycare.  How the hell do you find common ground between Atilla the Hun and Bernie Sanders?  

      President Obama's problem has been that he's been trying too hard to find that common ground when it's been obvious that the right has no interest in it and infact they're delving into the absurd in order to not to.  The end result is that Obama has been pushing what have traditionally been republican legislation as a 'compromise'.  

      Healthcare is a classic case.  The left position was Medicare for all.  The traditional right position as enacted by Mitt Romney and proposed by the likes of Bob Dole has been mandates and maintaining the private health insurance system.  The middle ground SHOULD HAVE BEEN a cross between the two, namely the Public Option or Medicare buy in.  Instead we got the traditional republican position.  A position that most hate.  Time and time again 60%+ have favored the traditional center position of the public option but instead we get fried shit that passes off as a compromise.

      Centrism is bullshit if you keep trying to find a center in what is becoming an incredibly skewed political spectrum.  If Obama had stuck to his guns from the onset instead of trying to compromise with 40 Atilla the Huns he would have gotten much more 'centrist' policies enacted.  Instead he's shown he's weak and they've taken advantage of him, forcing him to instead enact right wing policies.  He needs to grow a spine and actually seek to enact TRUE centrist policies.  Otherwise he's no centrist.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 04:51:06 AM PDT

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  •  I did not know that reconciliation (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    had to be part of the original resolution.  Sure, why wouldn't it be in every one?  I'm hating the filibuster; I wish the republicans had gotten rid of it.

    Eyjafjallajokull Volcano eruption hurls random letters into the atmosphere, disrupting communications worldwide.

    by Inland on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 04:37:28 AM PDT

  •  Adding the 'plus a year' and/or (0+ / 0-)

    Tier IV unemployment extension would be a lot more useful than hanging on to it to use it as kabuki politics.  It's also as financial as you can get.

    Torture is for the weak. After all, it is just extended wheedling.

    by nargel on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 07:34:18 AM PDT

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