McCain bill will aim to split Medicare from reconciliation

On the verge of a procedural fight over health care, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican’s presidential nominee in 2008, said Sunday that he plans to introduce legislation that would prevent Congress from changing Medicare through a process that only requires a simple majority in the Senate.

“Social Security cannot be considered in reconciliation,’ McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to a rule established in the 1970s by veteran Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.). “We should do the same thing with Medicare. (Sen.) Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and I will be introducing legislation: Entitlements should not be part of a reconciliation process — i.e., 51 votes. It’s too important. … Let’s start over. … It’s not too late

Read more: Politico


March 1, 2010 - Posted by | 398 | ,

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