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    The use of budget reconciliation for health care reform undermined democracy


    Budget reconciliation requires a majority vote

    In 2010, congressional Democrats used a legislative maneuver known as budget reconciliation to help pass health care reform. Although opponents attempted to portray this as undemocratic, reconciliation requires a majority vote. The website of the U.S. House Committee on Rules Democrats defined the budget reconciliation process as requiring a majority of both houses for passage:

    Once a reconciliation bill is passed in the House and Senate, members of each body meet to work out their differences. A majority of the conferees on each panel must agree on a single version of the bill before it can be brought back to the full House and Senate for a vote on final passage. Approval of the conference agreement on the reconciliation legislation must be by a majority vote of both Houses.