Thursday, March 4, 2010

Republican Senator Gregg Defended Reconciliation In 2005

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) opposes the Democrats' plan to use reconciliation to pass health care legislation. He stated, "“The purpose of the Senate on something this complex and this comprehensive is to be a place where you have debate and you have amendments. And if you have a decent bill you shouldn’t fear them.”

Gregg has apparently changed his mind on reconciliation since 2005, when he wanted to use it to allow drilling in the Arctic wildlife refuge and to reduce Medicaid spending. Why was the process necessary? Gregg explained, “You can’t get 60 votes because the party on the other side of the aisle simply refuses to do anything constructive in this area.” Sound familiar?

On March 16, 2005, Gregg proclaimed the following about reconciliation: "All this rule of the Senate does is allow a majority of the Senate to take a position and pass a piece of legislation. Is there something wrong with majority rules? I don't think so." Exactly! Watch:

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