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Submitted By Todd on March 11th at 8:27pm
The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress’ original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday.One trick being considered to get around this stalemate was to have both chambers approve the modifications before the house passes the bill. That option has been eliminated as a result of the Parliamentarian's ruling today.
The Senate Parliamentarian’s Office was responding to questions posed by the Republican leadership. The answers were provided verbally, sources said... House Democratic leaders last week began looking at crafting a legislative rule that would allow the House to approve the Senate health care bill, but not forward it to Obama for his signature until the Senate clears the reconciliation package.Harry Reid thinks that the GOP will tremble over the idea of facing voters with the fact that they've stopped the much hated Obama Care measure.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moved Thursday to put Senate Republicans on the defensive over health care, sending a letter to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in which he dared the GOP to vote against reform.Seems to me that plays to the Republicans strength this fall.
"If Republicans want to vote against a bill that reduces health care costs, fills the prescription drug ‘donut hole’ for seniors and reduces the deficit, you will have every right to do so,” he said.