From the office of House Leader John Boehner:
Americans are asking “where are the jobs?” but out-of-touch Washington Democrats continue to focus on a massive government takeover of health care that is destroying jobs right now through the uncertainty it is causing for small businesses. Now Washington Democrats are getting ready to use a toxic legislative maneuver to try and ram through this unpopular, unaffordable health care bill.
Reconciliation has been called many things – “controversial,” “divisive,” “arcane,” “nasty,” a “trick,” an “end-run” fraught with “all sorts of complications,” and “unhealthy for the country” – but ‘simple’ is not one of them. There’s also bipartisan agreement that reconciliation isn’t bipartisan: Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said it would “ensure that health care is perceived as a partisan exercise.” White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has called it “a club” to wield against Republicans. At least 18 Senate Democrats oppose reconciliation, for reasons ranging from it being “an outrage” to “very ill-advised” to “the worst.”
The future of one-sixth of our economy should not be decided this way. The American people have spoken: they want us to scrap this bill and start over with a clean sheet of paper and a step-by-step, common-sense approach focused on lowering costs for families and small businesses.