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Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Commit to Reconciliation (Can 51 Senate votes repeal ObamaCare?)
Heritage Action for Ameria ^ | October 12, 2011 | Ashe Schow

Posted on 10/12/2011 7:51:19 AM PDT by Praxeologue

Yesterday, we wrote about our CEO Michael Needham’s question for the candidates in last night’s debate. When asked by the Washington Post what Mr. Needham would ask the candidates, he responded:

“A third of small business owners say Obamacare is one of the biggest hurdles they face to hiring new workers and budget analysts estimate it is a trillion-dollar budget buster. Given its negative impact on the economy and federal budget, do you think it is appropriate to repeal Obamacare using reconciliation given that is the tactic which was employed to pass it?”

Well the candidates must have been listening because last night. Former Senator Rick Santorum brought up reconciliation when asked about Obamacare:

“We need to repeal [Obamacare] by doing it through a reconciliation process. And since I have experience and know how to do that, we’ll take care of it…

Former Governor Mitt Romney agreed:

“Rick, you’re absolutely right. On day one, granting a waiver for all 50 states doesn’t stop in its tracks entirely Obamacare. That’s why I also say we have to repeal Obamacare, and I will do that on day two, with the reconciliation bill, because as you know, it was passed by reconciliation, 51 votes.”

A candidate simply saying they’ll repeal Obamacare means nothing. Democrats in the Senate who voted for the law won’t allow it, even if Republicans regained control of the Senate. Why? Because in the Senate you need to have 60 votes to invoke cloture, or end debate. Unless some Senate Democrats recognize the ills created by Obamacare, using the reconciliation process (which was used to get Obamacare to President Obama’s desk) may be the only way to repeal the law.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: filibuster; obamacare; reconciliation; repeal
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To: Kennard
From Jeffrey Anderson in The Weekly Standard today:

During tonight’s GOP presidential debate, Mitt Romney vowed — for the first time — to advance legislation to repeal Obamacare “on day-2,” pledging to use the reconciliation process (the same process by which Obamacare was ultimately passed) to do so. This is a welcome step forward for Romney, who had previously pledged only to issue an essentially meaningless 50-state Obamacare waiver on day-1 (which he vowed again tonight to do) and to push for repeal “subsequently.” The willingness to use the reconciliation process, which would require only 50 votes in the Senate, represents an apparent change in position on the part of the Romney campaign from just last week.

It appears that the Romney campaign has gone from a prudent position to an all-in "reconciliation, no problem, it'll work" position in a matter of a week.

Doesn't this sound like pandering to the Republican primary voter? The danger is that if someone is nominated and elected on this 'platform', we will all end up betrayed. I would rather be told the truth from the outset, just not by Huntsman.

21 posted on 10/12/2011 10:51:25 AM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: capydick

That is what I was thinking this past week with Reid’s latest maneuver. He will regret the day, I hope.

23 posted on 10/12/2011 12:39:12 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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To: throwback

but GW was a Kennebunkport Repub. He was part RINO like his pals Olympia & Susan.

24 posted on 10/12/2011 12:42:07 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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