Harry Reid to GOP: 'Stop Crying Over Reconciliation'

Won't rule out using legislative tactic for health reform
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes a call in his office prior to the vote on the jobs bill Monday.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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(Newser) – Harry Reid sounds less than sympathetic to Republican complaints that he's threatening to pass health-care reform through the process known as budget reconciliation. "They should stop crying about reconciliation as if it's never been done before," he said, adding that Republicans have been happy to use the tactic themselves in the past, reports Politico.

"It's been done by almost every Congress, and they're the ones who have used it more than anyone else," said Reid, two days before the two parties will get together in a high-profile meeting on reform. "Contract for America was done with reconciliation. Tax cuts, done with reconciliation. Medicare, done with reconciliation." Republicans need to "go back and look at history," he said.

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