For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Rahming Healthcare Through.
Those agreements are likely to be combined as a privileged budget reconciliation bill, which only needs a simple 51-vote majority to pass the 100-member Senate instead of the 60-vote supermajority that has become routine in the Senate and gives Republicans power to block the healthcare bill. "I believe that's the path we are going to take," a senior congressional Democratic aide said.
Will the Democrats really try to push an unpopular bill through via reconciliation? Will they succeed? Are there enough Democrats around that recognize the precedent-setting nature of this maneuver and therefore won't back it?