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Posted on 03/10/2010 1:24:15 PM PST by Gulf War One
In Letter to Reid, 41 Republican Senators Commit to Rejecting All Byrd Rule Violations The Byrd Rule, as you know, was created by Senator Byrd to ensure that reconciliation bills were not used to enact policy changes, the primary purpose of which is not specifically related to the federal budget. As it takes 60 votes to waive the Byrd Rule, we can ensure that any provision that trips the Byrd Rule will be stripped from the bill, which will require that the bill be sent back to the House for further consideration and additional votes
WASHINGTON, DC The Senate Republican leadership announced Wednesday that all 41 Senate Republicans signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, notifying him that they would not allow any violations of the Byrd Rule to be waived if Democrats insisted on using the budget reconciliation process to ram through the partisan health spending bill. The letter notes that this unity ensures that any provision that trips the Byrd Rule will be stripped from the bill, requiring that the bill be sent back to the House for further consideration and additional votes.
The full text of the letter follows:
March 4, 2010
The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader United States Senate S-221 Capitol Building Washington, D.C. 20510-0001
Dear Leader Reid:
We understand from press reports and comments that you and the Speaker have made that the House and Senate will use the budget reconciliation process to overhaul our nations health care system, which represents 1/6th of our economy. We urge you to not use reconciliation to pass a partisan bill that is opposed by the majority of Americans.
The American people have been paying close attention to the health reform debate; they understand the issues being discussed and they have expressed broad opposition not only to the substance of the health reform bills, but also to the process by which those bills have been developed. According to a February 24 CNN poll, 73 percent of Americans believe Congress should either start over on an entirely new bill or not do health care reform at all this year. A Gallup survey released February 25 showed that the majority of Americans oppose using reconciliation to expedite passage of health reform legislation through the Senate.
Overhauling our health care system will affect every single American and is simply too important to be passed without broad bipartisan support. Yet, it is clear that the only reason you are considering using the budget reconciliation process to pass this unpopular bill is because you have not been able to attract any Republican support for your comprehensive health bill.
We recommend you rethink your plans of expediting such legislation through Congress over the strong objections of the American people. We urge you to listen to the advice of Senator Robert C. Byrd, who was quoted in the Washington Post on March 22, 2009:
I am certain that putting health-care reform and climate change legislation on a freight train through Congress is an outrage that must be resisted.
Using the reconciliation process to enact major legislation prevents an open debate about critical issues in full view of the public. Health reform and climate change are issues that, in one way or another, touch every American family. Their resolution carries serious economic and emotional consequences.
The misuse of the arcane process of reconciliation -- a process intended for deficit reduction -- to enact substantive policy changes is an undemocratic disservice to our people and to the Senate's institutional role.
We agree with this assessmentmisusing the Senate rules in this way would be a tremendous disservice to the American people and it is an outrage that we should resist.
In that regard, to endeavor to ensure that the reconciliation process is not used to fast-track an unpopular bill through Congress, we wish to inform you that we will oppose efforts to waive the so-called Byrd Rule during Senate consideration of any reconciliation bill concerning health reform. The Byrd Rule, as you know, was created by Senator Byrd to ensure that reconciliation bills were not used to enact policy changes, the primary purpose of which is not specifically related to the federal budget. As it takes 60 votes to waive the Byrd Rule, we can ensure that any provision that trips the Byrd Rule will be stripped from the bill, which will require that the bill be sent back to the House for further consideration and additional votes.
We urge you to abandon the use of reconciliation to pass a partisan bill that is opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Instead, we encourage you to work with us on a series of bipartisan bills that provide a step-by-step approach to reducing the cost of health care for Americans.
I hope they mean it.
If only Byrd were around to know what’s going on. When asked, “What’s going on?” Byrd has only one answer, “Depends”.
Americans don’t want Big Brother deciding if they are worthy of life. The anger is real and the US Congress better wake up and smell the rage.
The Dim’s will just claim the Byrd Rule doesn’t apply, and Reid will not allow a vote. Then, they’ll jamb Socialized Medicine in some form right up our asses, never to be un-done, as once a law is enacted, I don’t care WHO gets into Congress in 2010, I know they won’t repeal it, but will only “Amend” it to change some features, but personal choice will be gone, and the un-Constitutional takeovers of private enterprise will continue.
I guess our Republican Senators are going to give them the “Byrd.”
I guess I’ll believe it when I see it! Too often we’ve been betrayed and sold out by the McCain/Grahamnesty/Snowe/Collins/Voinovich super-RINOs. On the other hand, even if the usual republican libs actually remain honorable, what is to prevent the left from completely ignoring all senate rules?? Nothing these people do would be a surprise.
Where’s the link?
Marine, it was sent to me in an email. I think you might find it on line now at McConnell’s website. Check the press releases. S/F, GW1
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