Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Budget Reconciliation Calendar: We're Still Early

With all the hullabaloo about the House and Senate possibly waiting until after the August recess to vote on health care reform, it's worth considering how fast we're going relative to previous expectations. Budget reconciliation instructions originally specified an October 15 date, after which health care reform could pass the Senate with only 50 votes via the budget reconciliation process. So getting a bill in September, if it happens, is still more or less on schedule.

This doesn't mean delay is a good thing -- all sorts of stuff could happen in August to throw things off track. But it's part of why we shouldn't be freaking out.

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