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Justice Scalia jokingly accuses Sen. Reid of bribery in passing healthcare bill

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.

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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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