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Obama on reconciliation

From NBC's Mark Murray
In yet another exchange he had with GOP Sen. John McCain, President Obama affirmed that the Democratic Senate would pass any health-care fixes via reconciliation, if he and the Republicans were unable to reach an agreement.

It began when McCain mentioned his "Gang of 14" work to resolve the Senate stand-off on George W. Bush's judicial nominees. McCain warned that using reconciliation would have potentially disastrous results.

Obama suggested that reconciliation was a legitimate course of action. "I do think [the American people] want a vote on how we're going to move this forward," he said. "A majority vote makes sense."

The president added that this matter could be "bridged if we could come to an agreement on a way to move forward."

An additional note: McCain compared reconciliation to the stand-off on judges. But the two are completely different situations. During that judicial stand-off, Senate Republicans were proposing to eliminate the filibuster. On the other hand, reconciliation is a tried and true practice that both parties have used to pass controversial legislation affecting the budget (whether it's tax cuts, tax increases, or changes to health care).