Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just dropped a nuke bomb on senate democrats. Cruz has a plan to get the Obamacare repeal past any attempt by the democrats to block the measure. And Elizabeth Warren is said to be devastated.
Cruz’s radical move would essentially eradicate democrat opposition to the bill. Cruz wants Vice President Mike Pence to use his constitutional powers to smash the opposition.
As president of the Senate, Pence could have the power to include important healthcare provisions supported by conservatives, but left out of the Republicans’ bill, into the final version, bypassing democrat opposition.
“Under the Budget Act of 1974, which is what governs reconciliation, it is the presiding officer, the vice president of the United States, who rules on what’s permissible on reconciliation and what is not. That’s a conversation I’ve been having with a number of my colleagues,” Cruz said.
Republicans control 52 Senate seats but need 60 to stop a democratic filibuster. So, just as Obama did when he passed Obamacare, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell plans to use the budget reconciliation process to get around this.
Cruz claims this would be easy to do. All Pence would need to do is bypass the senate parliamentarian’s advice and make his own interpretation of the Senate rules.
“You don’t have to override the parliamentarian or get a new parliamentarian. Under the statute, it is the vice president who rules. It is the presiding officer who makes the decision. The parliamentarian advises on that question.”
This would effectively end democratic opposition. Elizabeth Warren is said to be heartbroken.
“Then anything could be subject to reconciliation. You could authorize war with a simple majority and argue that it affects spending,” stated a senior Democratic aide. He also claimed the idea was “outlandish” and “not going to happen.”