It has been announced that the House Ways and Means Committee, headed by the ethics-plagued Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), is crafting an ObamaCare compromise bill that would enable the Senate to vote using their simple majority reconciliation process.
However, it appears that there is a countermeasure that can be employed that will frustrate the Reconciliation process:
As it turns out, Senate Democrats may not be able to force healthcare legislation through the chamber on a simple majority vote.
Republicans say they have found a loophole in the budget reconciliation process that could allow them to offer an indefinite number of amendments.
Though it has never been done, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he’s prepared to test the Senate’s stamina to block the Democrats from using the process to expedite changes to the healthcare bill.
Experts on Senate procedural rules, from both parties, note that such a filibuster is possible. While reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours, senators lack similiarconstraints on amendments and could conceivably continue offering them until 60 members agree to cut the process off.
Are they all DEAF…. this is NOT the legislation, the reform, that the American public wants. Back up, regroup, and start from scratch— that is the message that they are missing!