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The Byrd Rule for Reconciliation: Never, Never, Never to be Used as a Shield for Controversial Legislation

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Posted on March 12 2010 9:05 am

The Byrd rule states that a bill should not be considered under reconciliation if it

“produce[s] changes in outlays or revenue which are merely incidental to the non-budgetary components of the provision.”

While there is some question regarding the interpretation of the word “incidental”, Senator Byrd (D-WV) seems rather clear in the above video about his interpretation of “incidental” in respect to a health care bill – specifically Hillary-Care.

The Left can call reconciliation on Health Care Reform “a simple up or down vote” if they choose, but it doesn’t change the fact that America doesn’t want this bill, or that the author of the Byrd Rule himself spoke out emphatically against its use for such a bill.

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