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Why the drastic change of heart on reconciliation now?

Democratic officials said the president’s proposal was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote super majority.

May I remind you all that president Obama said before his

election that reconciliation was considered "unconstitutional",

but does that matter now? Here is the full analysis of Senator

Obama.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:51 PM on Mar. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (12)
  • “The TANF program affects millions of American children and families and deserves a full and fair debate. Under the rules, the reconciliation process does not permit that debate. Reconciliation is therefore the wrong place for policy changes and the wrong place for the proposed changes to the TANF program. In short, the reconciliation process appears to have lost its proper meaning. A vehicle designed for deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility has been hijacked to facilitate reckless deficits and unsustainable debt.”

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Wow, that doesn't seem to be the same perspective as he has

    now.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/President-O...

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Desperate times (for him) call for desperate measures! LOL If he fails to pass some sort of health care bill, he might as well go out and buy a new set of golf clubs, as he's going to be spending the latter half of his presidency on the links!!! :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:21 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • The whole lot of them were against it in Bush's days. Here they are saying exactly that.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:33 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Dems really need to learn how the internet and Google work!!! LOL
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:36 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • From what I understand, the reconciliation process is for budget items and not for large legislation. Why push so hard for this things anyway? It doesn't go into effect until 2013 anyway. Did you hear there is a tax in this thing that taxes parents of special needs children to cover the increased health care the children may need. Those with children like this - did you know this?
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:39 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • "Under the rules, the reconciliation process does not permit that debate. Reconciliation is therefore the wrong place for policy changes" ~Barack Obama


    People have such short memories.  Personally, I would expect more from our president, but it's more "do as I say, not as I do".  

    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 4:43 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Well, it suited his agenda then to say that it wasn't appropriate. Now, it's a different story. It's more of a Plan G approach, try everything and anything, and surely SOMETHING will work to convince them to do it MY way. He doesn't care HOW they pass it, as long as they just pass it. That is the only thing that matters.
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 4:59 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Hypocitical.  Obama and Pelosi deserve each other.  Hope we survive their reign.

    MunchMunch

    Answer by MunchMunch at 5:01 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Politics: The art of the possible. Otto Von Bismarck knew it back in 1867. Nothing's changed.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:21 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

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