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senate Bill S. 1376

Should the Senate Not Vote on Reconciliation Bills Unless a Hearing is Held?

Argument in favor

Reconciliation bills need less support than regular legislation that moves through the Senate and often contain partisan policies. As a result they need the scrutiny a hearing would provide.

Cathie's Opinion
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07/03/2017
Contrary to popular Republican opinion, the ACA was NOT rammed through without input from the Republican Party. There were, in fact (remember facts?), many amendments to the ACA submitted by Republicans, though many were technical in nature, and there were many committee hearings. "Republicans had several opportunities to introduce amendments to the Affordable Care Act, in both the Senate and House bills. Ultimately, for procedural reasons tied to the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., the Senate version was the only one that moved forward. But Republicans offered changes in the committees that considered the bills before the whole chambers voted on them. Timothy Jost, emeritus professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, told us that "there was very significant Republican participation early on on the Senate side. There were dozens of hours of debate, and Republicans like Sen. Chuck Grassley on the Senate Finance Committee were very engaged."" (PolitiFact, 3/16/17) Let's at least get our facts straight here. Anything as important as healthcare is too important to rush through the Senate without input from every Senator. How can we expect our Senators to represent us if they aren't even given the opportunity?
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wipITsnapIT's Opinion
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07/03/2017
Bills need to be debated in the open, with both sides raising pros and cons and bringing witnesses to the process. Legislation that affects the American people should not be negotiated and decided behind closed doors, in secret meetings.
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Judith's Opinion
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07/03/2017
More transparency and nonpartisanship is needed. Can't trust Republicans to consider all sides of an issue so yet again we must legislate. The days of the "gentlepersons handshake" are over. Dark money presides. Btw Republicans, the ACA had lots of hearings on CSPAN and numerous Republican amendments considered and passed... this is exactly the problem with your selective, FAKE NEWS memories!
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Argument opposed

Senators should be able to bring a reconciliation bill up for a vote without holding a committee hearing if it has enough support. It wouldn’t be wise to slow the Senate down even more.

Brian's Opinion
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07/03/2017
I specifically remember President Obama's ACA being rammed through congress. Every democrat voicing their opinion on this matter needs to understand that their party did this and set the precedent. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the same level of betrayal we felt 8 years ago.
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ProudAmerican's Opinion
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07/03/2017
I love how President Obama and Senate Democrats did THE EXACT SAME THING 8 years ago but now reconciliation is some evil underhanded procedure because it's being utilized by Republicans. Please.
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Dave's Opinion
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07/03/2017
Any procedural change endorsed by Schumer and Pelosi cannot be good for the country, just look at their records and the incredible mess healthcare is in under their tutelage👎❗️The country may never recover from the Obama years❗️His complete and total incompetence, corruption, constant lying, and divisiveness has done irreparable harm to our once great nation😡👎❗️These progressive liberal cretins need to go away permanently although I doubt any of them could actually get a job as they have no skills other than sucking on the governments teat❗️
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedJune 15th, 2017
    ANYTHING that would help get the stalemated congress to move past PARTISAN POLITICS and move to
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    No discussion. No vote.
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    It's simple. Without a hearing, there should be no vote. It's all in the name of transparency. Something this government sorely needs.
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    When the ACA went through, 26 amendments were added
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    Oh, please. Legislation that is as important as health care or budget requires hearings, even when reconciliation is used. Reconciliation should not be a way to get around open and measured examination of any legislation.
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    I agree with Brian who said "I specifically remember President Obama's ACA being rammed through congress. Every democrat voicing their opinion on this matter needs to understand that their party did this and set the precedent. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the same level of betrayal we felt 8 years ago."
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    Every bill should be read by the members of congress and at least one committee meeting with at least 60 lead time for public commentary.
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    Hearings are urgent for all of us, Representatives and citizens. We need transparency in government. "We the People in order to form a more perfect Union" have GIVEN Congress the power to legislate. Congress members work for the people. Respect us. Open hearings are your obligation in our representative democracy.
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    I thought one of the purposes of congress was to discuss proposals in an open forum. Shouldn't our representatives have the opportunity to talk to one another? What have we come to?
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    Everybody seems either to have a lapse in memory or lived in some other universe during the Obama administration. Obamacare took over a year to pass and with 60 votes it narrowly passed. Republicans have done everything they have the power to do in making sure that our country doesn't have a healthcare system that's good for all. Of course that wouldn't be fair. Why doesn't everyone work on improving not gutting our current law of the land.
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    The Senate should not be hiding anything from their constituents. Make sure legislation is debated and discussed publicly. The American People have a right to know.
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    Why would anyone vote on something without a hearing, like the trumpcare abomination?
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    Anything to slow down the downright evil healthcare repeal bill. Also, good governance, please.
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    The whole idea behind our democracy is discussion of varying opinions to come up with the best solution that helps everyone, not just one side. It is unconscionable that any bill that affects American people, particularly in big ways such as budget and healthcare, would not be debated on the Senate floor. How nice it would be if a quorum was required to actually listen to both sides as well. I often listen to Senate speeches on C-SPAN and the room is practically empty. I assume the speeches are for the benefit of the American people who are listening, because I have never seen the other party change it's stance on an issue. Their minds are made up and they refuse to listen. But hearings seem to carry more weight and give both sides clearly through testimony. Contrary to what FOXNews and the GOP keep telling us, the affordable care act was debated and hearings were held over a period of 18 months before a final vote. Perhaps the GOP can show the country the same respect and accept input from the Democrats. This is exactly what the Democrats stand with the ACA, adding GOP amendments. Country over party please.
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    Yes by all means let's have transparency. And in the interest of a better country for all of us perhaps we can stop with the partisan finger-pointing.
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    I don't like the idea of anything being rushed through
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    Neither house of Congress should vote on a bill which has not gone through the regular order of committee hearings and floor debate.
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    Both parties should be included in these decisions and excluding one party only divides our country even more. Unacceptable!
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    Not everything requires a formal law. Be honest, op e, transparent and for the love of God, do your jobs and represent us, all of us, even us Republicans who want less government control over our daily lives.
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    The fact that anyone does it is sad for our democracy. Using partisan excuses by either side does not make it right.
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