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Decision looms on advancing healthcare bill

New York Times, January 26, 2010

Seeking to avert the collapse of major healthcare legislation, the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress face a decision about whether to use a procedural maneuver that would allow them to advance the bill despite the loss of their 60-vote majority in the Senate, the New York Times reports. The maneuver, known as budget reconciliation, could allow President Obama and his party to push the legislation through Congress with a simple majority vote in the Senate. But it carries numerous risks, including the possibility of a political backlash, the Times reports.