Gang of Six Member Support Reconciliation
Source: New Mexico Independent
A Democratic member of the "Gang of Six" senators charged with finding a bipartisan solution to health care reform said at a town hall Monday that he would support using the budget reconciliation process to push a bill through the Senate if necessary.
Reconciliation is a parliamentary procedure that would allow Democrats to pass health care reform with 51 votes, meaning the party could do it without any Republican support.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico has been one of three Democrats participating in the widely-watched Finance Committee negotiations. His willingness to consider reconciliation is another sign that a a genuine bipartisan deal may be impossible.
A 2nd sign out of Baucus' Committee that any of them are willing to drop the pretense of a 'bipartisan' agreement. The Sunday article, Baucus verbalizing support for a public option, for what it's worth.