In Congress, Obstructionists Are Obstructing Themselves

This is largely because congressional leaders have tried to overcome solid Democratic opposition by using “reconciliation” rules — which prevent a Senate filibuster when applied to certain legislation on revenue, spending or the debt limit.
PhotoRepublican legislative leaders are in a bind.
It’s just as well that they haven’t done anything big, given their goals.
But until the health care reconciliation measure is either passed or abandoned, they cannot use those rules to pass other legislation, like broad tax cuts for the wealthy that are a key element of their agenda.
This is not a lament.

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