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Reconciliation: Its Intended Purpose and Potential Misuse

Senate Republicans Called on to “Shut Down the Senate”
if Majority Leader Reid Eliminates Filibuster on “ObamaCare”

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"Using the budget reconciliation process to pass health reform and climate change legislation…would violate the intent and spirit of the budget process, and do serious injury to the constitutional role of the Senate."
--former Senate Democratic Majority Leader, Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), in a warning issued April 2, 2009 in regard to a dangerous assault on American freedom as it is protected by the constitutional balance of power – an assault now being considered by the Obama Administration.  Senator Byrd was one of the authors of the reconciliation process, which was created in 1985.

In regard to using reconciliation to pass things like health care reform, Byrd said: "I can tell you that the ironclad parliamentary procedures it authorizes were never intended for this purpose. Reconciliation was intended to adjust revenue and spending levels in order to reduce deficits."

Sen. Byrd concluded with this warning: "The Senate cannot perform its constitutional role if senators forego debate and amendments. I urge senators to jealously guard their individual rights to represent their constituents on such critical matters."