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Obama calls for reconciliation to prevent filibuster on healthcare reform

Washington Post, March 4, 2010

In a speech at the White House, President Obama urged Congress to "finish its work" on healthcare and indicated support for a strategy that includes the budget maneuver known as reconciliation, which would protect the final product from a Republican filibuster in the Senate. Obama told an audience of medical professionals that Congress "owes the American people a final vote on healthcare reform." But completing the job would require weeks of complicated parliamentary tactics that Republicans have pledged to challenge, the Washington Post reports.