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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Lake Dallas, TX
There is a bit of a difference here.
In 2005 the US Senate was deadlocked on several issues, including judicial confirmation. Of course the Democrats were threatening a filibuster. So the Republican majority leader started floating the idea of a "nuclear option" which was to completely change Senate rules and kill the filibuster. Ultimately they didn't do this because Republicans knew that this could bite them in the ass in the future.
Fast forward to today.
What the Democrats are considering is not a change to Senate rules. Instead, they want to use existing rules to push through health care reform through reconciliation.
My understanding of it is this (someone correct me if I'm wrong here). Basically, the House would agree to the Senate's version of the health care bill. Then send it to the President. Then a committee would draw up a reconciliation bill that would be considered by both houses. The thing here is that a reconciliation bill is limited to 20 hours of debate and amendments are limited. The only thing that matters is that the President has to sign the original bill first AND the reconciliation bill 2nd.