Lamar Alexander is lying to Elizabeth Vargas (he just said reconciliation is rarely used – “And never for anything of this size or complexity”) and Vargas isn’t saying a thing about it.
Of course not. She’s paid to simulate gravitas, not actually act from it.
In a March 31 article on Democrats’ potential implementation of the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Congress to pass “policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws)” by a simple majority in both Houses, The Hill reported: “GOP critics of the reconciliation process have said that it was never intended to ram through major legislation.” However, The Hill did not mention that Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to pass several major Bush initiatives, as The New York Times and the blog Think Progress have noted. These initiatives include the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005.
Major – and expensive – legislation, all. That was a trillion-dollar tax bill in 2001, one that drove up the deficit. We didn’t hear Republicans calling for “pay as you go” there, did we?