The Hill is reporting that some Republicans in Washington are talking about using the obscure tool of the “budget reconciliation” process, typically only used on one issue per budget, in another bid to repeal ObamaCare. This has been a rather divisive issue as to how to use the tool. Some other Republicans have been calling for the process to be used in tax code or major energy reforms as well.
The reconciliation procedure is not often utilized. The last time it was used was in 2010, when Democrats (short of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate) used it to push through changes in ObamaCare. That’s right Liberals… Conservatives notice when you rammed ObamaCare down our throats because you knew what we needed better we do. You can be certain Liberals will now decry the use of this tool when it’s not furthering their agenda.
While Obama would no doubt have his veto hand ready for any legislation crossing his desk that would hurt his imposed will on Americans, Republicans are increasingly viewing this as a method of positioning and messaging ahead of the 2016 elections. This is also helped by strong bi-partisan support for medical device tax repeal and restoration of the 40-hour work week, amongst other smaller pieces.
You can bet the Democrats sure are going to cry foul and complain about how unfair it is when the Republicans opt to use the 51-vote nuclear method (conveniently passed by Democrats because life is unfair) to pass this through the Senate. I’m just amazed they didn’t see this one coming, or somehow thought it was worth it to force their will on Americans.
Unfortunately, as I’ve said, it’s unlikely to pass the desk of Obama. This sentiment was also echoed by the upcoming Senate Majority Leader: “It is a statement to the obvious, however, that Obama — of Obamacare — is the president of the United States, so I don’t want people to have [unrealistic] expectations about what may actually become law with Obama — of Obamacare — in the White House. But we intend to keep our commitment to the American people,” said McConnell.
We’ll see where this goes, but one can only hope that this incoming Congress will actually do what the American people voted for them to do.