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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she can get the votes to pass health care reform — if the Senate first passes certain amendments through the budget reconciliation process. With reconciliation, Pelosi said, "it's a whole different ball game ... We'll be able to come up with something that sufficiently addresses the concerns of the House members."
The Senate Budget Committee Chairman said Wednesday he’s willing to use special rules to force changes to the healthcare legislation through the Senate with a simple majority vote.
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) made clear his openness to applying budget reconciliation to healthcare, a position he opposed prior to this week’s special election in Massachusetts, is contingent on the content of the bill.