Tom Daschle on Reconciliation
From today's Wall Street Journal:
By far the best path to success is to continue to pursue a traditional, bipartisan solution. I have great admiration for former Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Howard Baker who, earlier this year, demonstrated remarkable strength and leadership in working with me through the auspices of the Bipartisan Policy Center to propose a compromise on comprehensive health-care reform. That compromise — which included focusing on preventive care, controlling costs, creating health-care exchanges, and other ideas — can be a blueprint for progress on health reform in Congress this fall.
However, should Republican intransigence continue, Democrats cannot simply stop. They cannot ignore the human suffering as well as their fiscal responsibility to act. They must focus on the budgetary implications of health reform and use the Senate rules of budget reconciliation to allow a health-care bill move with majority support. The choice between complete legislative failure and majority rule should not pose a dilemma for any Democratic senator.
Republicans who cry foul have only themselves to blame. First, they walked away from the table even though they had many opportunities to participate in White House meetings and in House and Senate committees over the past eight months — and eight years.
Second, they set an ample number of precedents over the past decade in using their majorities then to pass their agenda using the same reconciliation rules in the Senate.
Perhaps Republican Sen. Judd Gregg put it best when his party used the budget reconciliation process to drill in ANWR. "Is there something wrong with majority rules?" he asked critics of the move. "I don't think so."
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