Justice Scalia jokingly accuses Sen. Reid of bribery in passing healthcare bill
By Elise Viebeck - 03/28/12 07:01 PM EDT
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia drew laughter during oral arguments Wednesday when he implied that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had bribed a colleague to ensure the passage of the healthcare overhaul.
Scalia, one of the high court's most conservative members, referenced a deal between Reid and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), which was in an initial draft of the healthcare package and gave Nebraska $100 million in special Medicaid assistance in exchange for Nelson's vote.
The provision was derided by Republicans and had become known as the "Cornhusker Kickback" by mid-March 2010, when drafts revealed it was no longer in the bill.
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