Kyl says Democrats have decided to use reconciliation
In remarks that contradict published media reports, Sen. Jon Kyl, the Republican whip, told Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that the Democrats have decided—though they have not formally announced it—to try to pass the health care bill via reconciliation. Oddly, Kyl’s information has not been widely written up. The transcript of the key part of the interview is here; the transcript of the full ten minute interview is here; the audio can be heard here. The plan as described by Kyle seems different from the one reported by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann earlier in the week. The latter involves the House passing the Senate bill, after the Senate Democrats have promised the House Democrats that they will then pass certain changes in the bill through reconciliation. The process as Kyl sees it would start with the Senate passing the desired changes via reconciliation.
Kyl’s information, which was posted at Hewitt’s site late Thursday afternoon, contradicts the stories from the AP and the New York Times on Friday morning in which the top congressional Democrats and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel indicated that they were unable to move the health care bill forward and were leaving it aside for an indefinite period while they attended to other issues. I and others took this as meaning that the bill was practically speaking dead. Also, as Kyl himself notes, even if the House and Senate leadership has decided on the reconciliation path, they would still have to win over House members who absolutely object to certain features of the Senate bill, an obstacle that the Democrats faced even before Scott Brown’s election 11 days ago.
Here’s a story today which puts Kyl’s statement into doubt. Rep. Maxine Waters (Black, California) said yesterday that it will be “very difficult” to pass the bill, because the Democrats have no “road map” by which it can be done.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 30, 2010 10:08 AM | Send