March 18, 2010

SENATUS- Senate Dems Circulate Letter to Assuage House Concerns on HCR Conciliation

To Congress, the conciliation procedure is for budget Bills only, which deal with existing Resolutions already law, not the creation of new Law.

Senate Democrats Circulate Letter to Assuage House Concerns on Health Reform

senatus | March 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Categories: Health, House of Representatives | URL:

Senate Democrats are "circulating a letter intended to assuage nervous House Members who are wavering on supporting a health care reconciliation bill, but without an actual bill to peruse the letter may fall short of the assurances House leaders have been seeking," Roll Call reports.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called a special caucus on health care Wednesday afternoon and asked Senators to come to his office to sign the letter, which is intended to assure House Democrats that Senate Democrats have the 51 votes or more needed to pass the reconciliation measure.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) indicated that the letter is a general expression of support for health care reform.

"We talked about showing strong support for the House as they move forward," Klobuchar said of expected House votes this week. "But there wasn't a discussion about doing a letter that specifically says we will vote for reconciliation when we haven't seen the bill. But a letter showing that we were generally supportive of moving forward on health care, we thought that that would be helpful."

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