U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today made the following statement regarding the potential use of a rare legislative procedure known as reconciliation to pass health care reform in the Senate:
“If the Majority truly had the support of the American people and their representatives in Washington, then reconciliation would be unnecessary. The message from Democrats to the American people is clear: Government knows best. The Democrats are determined to force government-run health care upon the American people regardless of whether they want or need it.
“Reconciliation is intended for important budgetary items, not legislation to overhaul one-sixth of our economy. In pursuing this course, the Democrats would establish a precedent for future partisan majorities to eliminate thoughtful debate and pass reckless and partisan legislation by any means necessary. Should this legislation pass, especially by these means, it will be a day our country will long regret.”