This is what they call bipartisanship?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) often dismisses reporters’ questions on the possibility of reconciliation for health care reform, as his goal has always been to win bipartisan agreement on a plan. Today, though, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, left no doubt that the maneuver — which allows the majority party to pass a bill with just 51 votes rather than 60 — remains on the table.
“No matter what happens, we’re going to enact health care reform by the end of the year,” Schumer said on a conference call with reporters. “And we hope it can be struck in a compromise with our Republican colleagues by September 15, but if the Republicans are not able to produce an agreement we will have contingencies in place. These plans will likely only be considered as a last resort, but make no mistake about it, they remain on the table.”
Schumer later clarified that reconciliation was indeed one of the “contingincies in place,” though he stressed that getting a bipartisan bill was everyone’s priority.
“We hope to get a bipartisan agreement. That’s goal one. If we can’t do that, the second goal is to get a bill done,” he said.
In other words, screw. We will ignore the will of the people and we will use any means necessary to get this passed.
I think Chucky underestimates the world of hurt that will be aimed at the Democrats should they decide to go down this road. The American people are watching more closely than ever and he needs to remember that his party won’t be in power forever.