Reid Open To Health Care Fast-Track?
by Josh Orton, Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 04:12:17 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated Wednesday he's willing to move sweeping health care legislation through the Senate with a procedural maneuver that would block a GOP filibuster.
The prospect of the controversial tactic has already ignited Republicans' ire, and key Senate Democratic chairmen have said they don't want to do it.
Reid, D-Nev., took a different position on a conference call with reporters.
"I think it's something we need to consider," Reid said.
Chairmen Conrad and Baucus are against reconciliation, which would require only 51 votes in the Senate instead of 60. Reid says he wants to give Baucus a shot at a bipartisan bill, but this certainly sets a horizon for the negotiations...