March 11th, 2010
08:10 PM ET

Senate Parliamentarian rules on reconciliation

A finding by the Senate parliamentarian has narrowed Democrats' options for passing health care reform, and could force House Democrats to approve the Senate health care bill and have the president sign it into law before they vote on changes to the measure. 

Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin notified leaders from both parties Thursday that the process Democrats are using to pass health care reform, known as reconciliation, must be tied to something already signed into law, according to staff for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and other congressional sources. 

Practically, this could force House Democratic leaders to ask members who oppose the Senate bill as it stands now to vote the measure into law and have faith that the Senate will agree to a package of changes.

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  1. Charles Michener

    Get a new parliamentarian

    March 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. beth

    A dead horse is being dragged around called care reform

    March 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vijay

    Democrats now have first knowledge on how difficult this bill is to put thru the congress; it has been in the process for months. So, why have they not studied ahead of time exactly what 'reconciliation permits and what it does not permit? Also, where has Obama staff been during this time? Mr. President you really have to start kicking some you know what.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |