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Bingaman supports passing public option via reconciliation
According to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has expressed support for passing the public option through reconciliation if it comes up for a vote on the Senate floor. Bingaman is among the 30 Senators who approve of using reconciliation.
Reconciliation is a rule that allows for budgetary items to pass the Senate with a majority of votes. Republicans have been using the threat of a filibuster, another rule in the Senate, to block passage of the most aggressive health care reform proposals from Senate Democrats.
“I have long been a supporter of the public option, and I have voted for it every time it has come before the Senate,” Bingaman said in his statement. “I drafted the public option provision in the HELP Committee and co-sponsored the public option amendment in the Finance Committee. If the public option came up for a vote in reconciliation I would vote yes.”
In February, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced his support for the use of reconciliation to pass the public option.
According to polling, the public option itself is more popular than health care reform itself, but a majority oppose using reconciliation to pass a health care bill.