House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is moving "full speed ahead" in order to allow the Senate pass healthcare reform using a controversial procedural method, said a Republican lawmaker on Monday.
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) targeted the speaker as the proponent behind last Friday's maneuver by the House Ways and Means Committee. The panel, lead by the embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), that changed their version of healthcare reform legislation to allow the Senate to pass it using "reconciliation."
Friday Ways&Means Comm rebranded healthcarebill so that Senate can now pass the bill with a simple majority vote; Pelosi is full speed ahead
The process would allow the Senate to pass a bill with a simple majority under limited debate, eschewing the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
Democratic leaders have said they would like to avoid the divisive measure and pass the bill under normal conditions.