Senate Republicans to limit amendments; reconciliation bill likely to pass Thursday

by: Chris Bowers

Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 22:20


The reconciliation bill, containing health insurance and student loan reform measures, was originally scheduled to pass on Saturday.  Democrats managed to cut a day off that process by yielding eight and a half hours of their debate time.

Now, they have caught a break that will allow them to cut another day off the process, and pass the bill Thursday.  Senate Republicans are voluntarily limiting the number of amendments they are offering, to focus on the "substantive" one.  From The Hill:

Senate Republicans had threatened to offer scores or even hundreds of amendments to keep the healthcare legislation from getting out of the chamber.

But GOP lawmakers have decided not to employ the dilatory tactic and instead call for votes on substantive amendments.

"We've decided that offering 200 or 300 amendments doesn't make sense," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), one of the Senate's leading conservatives. "The leadership has asked us to focus on substantive amendments."

DeMint predicted the voting could wrap up by Thursday afternoon.

"Substantive" is a subjective term, but I will avoid the semantic discussion for now.

It is worth noting that this is the second time this week Republicans have abandoned a grandstanding delay tactic of filibuster by amendment.  On Monday, they allowed the financial reform bill to sail through the Banking Committee in only 20 minutes, without offering a single amendment.  Are they starting to buckle a bit?

The Senate is moving through about three Republican amendments an hour.  The current plan from Harry Reid is to go until 1 a.m. tonight, and then assess how many more hours it will take to finish the bill.

The reconciliation bill will be done tomorrow.  No word on whether there has been a deal made on the unemployment benefit extension, however.  A Senate aide told me earlier today that they "hope" to take it up late in the week.  The outcome of that process will be a good indication of whether Republicans actually are starting to buckle, or not.

C-SPAN is live broadcasting, and Wonkroom is live tweeting, tonight's proceedings.  

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Might Obama Sign The Reconciliation... (0.00 / 0)

....bill on Friday, Nancy Pelosi's 70th birthday?

votes at dailykos diary (0.00 / 0)
This post is linking to each roll call, and telling you which Dems crossed over.  (Mostly Nelson, you know which one.)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/...


New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.


Cutting their losses (0.00 / 0)
It is worth noting that this is the second time this week Republicans have abandoned a grandstanding delay tactic of filibuster by amendment. ... Are they starting to buckle a bit?

On reconciliation, they have to maintain the appearance of opposition, but the worst thing they could do for themselves is actually kill the bill. Then, they'd A.) have failed to stop the important, unpopular part, but B.) have successfully... stood up for the "Cornhusker Kickback"? It would paint them into a corner they wouldn't want to be in. They have to oppose to appease the base, but they really don't actually want to oppose it.

Besides, if they lose on this now, it's close enough to the other bill that it seems like one legislative loss. If they slow things down and lose, say, a week from today, there might be enough distance that the media treats it like a second Democratic victory.

The financial reform bill, I have no idea. Those explanations don't quite seem to fit there. And, of course, this is all speculation on my part.


Is it my imagination... (4.00 / 3)

 ...or have the Democrats been showing an unusual amount of unity (and forcefulness) lately?

 Maybe the sheer lunacy of the teabaggers, and the Republican leadership all but embracing them, has finally woken the Dems up that "Republican" has practically become a synonym for "terrorist"?

 Small sample. But maybe something's happened.  

"We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn


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I think lagging poll numbers may have some bearing on it.

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My guess. (4.00 / 1)
   They must be getting bored of the obstruction.  It's tiring!  All DC Republicans think retaking the House is a foregone conclusion for them.  For the next year they are just going to focus on DC cocktail parties.  Then in 2011, poof!  They will be back in power.

Maybe they realize (2.67 / 3)
that this is really a Republican bill.

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Always one douchebag in the bunch.

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