Republicans aren’t supposed to use the Byrd Rule! Why that would be … Un-American! That sort of parliamentary trickery is only for the Democrat Party to use!!!
Maybe Lion Ted can make a meal from this hash.
Ted Cruz has found an obscure provision in a decades-old rule that could either give Republicans sweeping new authority in their Obamacare replacement bill, or “blow up the Senate.”
As it stands, many Republican lawmakers are unhappy that the new GOP healthcare reform bill is not broad enough – that it’s nothing but “Obamacare Lite.”
The main reason for this is because Senate rules allow a Democratic filibuster, so the GOP can’t go very far.
But the Texas Senator – and onetime political foe of President Donald Trump – says he found a way around that: special rules written into the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 that allows Vice President Pence to overrule existing senate rules. As Cruz puts it:
“Under the Budget Act of 1974, which is what governs reconciliation, it is the presiding officer, the vice president of the United States, who rules on what’s permissible on reconciliation and what is not,” Cruz told reporters Thursday. “That’s a conversation I’ve been having with a number of my colleagues.”
The Hill reports this new rule would be almost impossible for Democrats to overcome.
Read the whole thing: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Ted Cruz’s Incredible Discovery | The Federalist Papers
Update: This reminds me, isn’t this EXACTLY what NWConservative at Sparta Report was saying a few days ago? Oh yeah, it was:
What the Republicans and those agreeing with them, saying WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING! don’t tell you is… for a repeal of Obamacare with reconciliation, all we need is the presiding officer of the Senate or chair of the committee to reject all points of order brought up by Democrats on the Byrd Rule.
That’s it. It is that simple. The Senate presiding officer or chair of the committee the bill is being debated on simply tells each Senator that the point is not in order and the bill passes as is.