March 25, 2010

...And We're Back

During a series of late night/early morning votes designed to keep the public's eye of the behavior of Democrats, the Senate parliamentarian discovering a pair of rule violations that will send Obamacare back to the House for another contentious round of voting:

As an exhausted Senate labored past 2 a.m. on a stack of GOP amendments, Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, told reporters that Republicans consulting with the chamber's parliamentarian had found "two minor provisions" that violate Congress' budget rules.


Democratic aides said the problematic provisions deal with protecting students from future cuts in their grants if Congress does not provide enough money for them. They violate budget rules because they do not produce savings, one aide said.

Procedurally, this is merely a bump in the road for Democrats, but it is going to be explosive politically. After days of harsh words and threats from irate constituents, the House is going to have to vote on Obamacare again, under far more pressure.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 25, 2010 06:10 AM

your forgetting they make the rules up as they go along, this will disapear....

Posted by: rumcrook¾ at March 25, 2010 10:48 AM

Not this time, friend. Not in an age where there's a real alternative media.

Posted by: MarkJ at March 25, 2010 12:34 PM

This time we get to insert the Public Option and vote it through with 50 senators instead of 60. Yes we can, even if we ultimately don't, and you better know it.

The GOP screwed the pooch again.

Posted by: CJ at March 25, 2010 07:24 PM

Not in an age where there's a real alternative media.

Posted by: tylor at March 26, 2010 08:56 AM