July 01, 2012


McConnell Says GOP Needs Just 51 Votes to Overturn Mandate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated that Republicans believe they will only need 51 votes to overturn the centerpiece of the 2010 health care law, Roll Call reports.

"If Republicans take the majority in the Senate in the 2012 elections, McConnell said, he would use budget reconciliation to overturn the law -- a move that would not be subject to the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster."

Said McConnell: "Reconciliation is available because the Supreme Court has now declared it a tax. They have unearthed the massive deception that was practiced by the president and the Democrats to constantly deny that it was a tax. ... And as a tax, it is eligible for reconciliation."

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