The Reconciliation Game

For all the talk about the Republicans having used reconciliation more than the Democrats, it is important to remember a few things:

  • Each time reconciliation was used, it was used to fix legislation already enacted into law.
  • What the Democrats want to do is use reconciliation to fix legislation before it is enacted into law.

And guess what? The Senate Parliamentarian is telling everybody that won’t work. According to the Parliamentarian, reconciliation can only apply to fix legislation already signed into law by the President.In other words, Blue Dogs in the House are going to have to actually pass the Senate legislation, have Barack Obama sign it into law, then hope the Democrats still want to fix the legislation and that the fix is deemed only a deficit neutral financial fix for purposes of reconciliation.There are a lot of ifs in that scenario.