Reconciliation is Underway

This afternoon, the Senate opened 20 hours of debate on the reconciliation bill of changes to the health care legislation. Democrats only need 51 votes to pass it, so Republicans don’t have the ability to stop it outright. But they do have the ability to offer amendments to force Democrats into embarrassing votes, since Democrats want to avoid amending the bill, or else it has to get sent back to the House for another vote. One such amendment that Sen. Tom Coburn is offering would deny Viagra to sex offenders.