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Former Senate parliamentarian: Biden could play big role in reconciliation process

Former Senate parliamentarian Robert Dove discussed the history of reconciliation on MSNBC Monday morning. "Reconciliation has been used a lot, and I would never use the term illegitimate with regard to reconciliation," he said of the Senate maneuver, which was created in 1974 and revised in 1980 to restrict it to purely budgetary matters.

"It is a way, of course, of getting around the problem of the Senate filibuster," he explained.

Dove also reminded that Vice President Biden, as president of the Senate, could preside over the reconciliation process and make the decision about whether or not something is a budgetary item, even overruling Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin.

"It is the decision of the vice president whether or not to play a role here," Dove said.

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Ezra Klein also takes a look at reconciliation on his blog this morning, noting: "Reconciliation has, in general, been a Republican endeavor. Political scientist Joshua Tucker looked at the 19 times reconciliation was used between 1981 and 2005, and found that 14 of them were Republican initiatives. If you extend that analysis out to 2008, then 16 of 21 reconciliation bills were Republican."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 1, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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URGENT to VPOTUS: You've got the kahones to fix this:

FIRST, DO NO HARM.

As long as the federal government is compromising the health of Americans by putting a cell tower- based microwave/laser weapon system in EVERY neighborhood in America -- and using it to silently attack and impair thousands of unjustly "targeted" citizens -- Americans cannot trust their government when it comes to protecting their health and well being or ensuring meaningful employment.

CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM ATTACKS, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Why so many cell towers saturate the American landscape -- urban and rural.

• Weapon system patents reveal silent, powerful attack system in YOUR backyard.

• American human rights atrocities under the cover of national security.

WHY ARE THE POLITICIANS SO NAIVE, SO BLIND TO EVIL?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

OR: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (see articles list)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

• Reporter exposing gov't cell tower microwave torture held hostage to community stalking, police-protected, GPS-equipped goon squads that burglarize, vandalize and terrorize -- officially-enabled lawlessness that afflicts many thousands of other unconstitutionally targeted and persecuted Americans.

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER: "GROUND ZERO OF A MID-ATLANTIC STATES AMERICAN GESTAPO"

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Hard to imagine Biden would have a job much longer if he decided against interfering and let the health care bill die, if it came down to that.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 1, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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