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Hatch Threatens ‘War’ Over Reconciliation

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Sen. Orrin Hatch threatened an all-out political “war” and promised a new high in partisan tensions if Democrats employ a rarely used Senate rule to win approval of their health reform bill.

“They haven’t acted in good faith on this, nor do I expect that they will,” he said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune . “I expect them to go to reconciliation.”

. . .

Hatch said Thursday that using reconciliation would be “one of the worst grabs for power in the history of the country” that would permanently impact relations between the two parties.

“It is going to be outright war and it should be, because it would be such an abuse of the reconciliation rules,” Hatch said. “If they abuse those rules it is going to lead to even more heated animosities between not just the two parties, but even between individual senators.”

. . .

Hatch said it shows that Democrats “are not even putting on the veneer of bipartisanship.”

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