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Is Byrd The Last Word On Reconciliation?

Posted on February 21 2010 11:45 am
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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By: Carole

As the Democrats attempt to ram their hugely unpopular idea of health care reform through the legislative process, there is increased interest in how that process works. There’s been plenty of talk lately about reconciliation and how the Obama machine will most likely attempt to mis-use this part of the budget process and that brings us to another little known moment in US Senate history known as the Byrd Rule.

The Byrd Rule, named for Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), was adopted in 1985 as a way to restrict the Senate from adding “extraneous matter” to a reconciliation bill or conference report.

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