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Sestak Urges Reconciliation

From pa2010.com:

Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7) this week called for Democrats to use the parliamentary procedure known as reconciliation to push through elements of health care reform legislation, telling congressional leaders that his support for a pubic option and for revoking anti-trust exemptions enjoyed by insurance companies is such that he supports using “any means necessary.”

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sestak delivered his strongest statements on health care since reform efforts were set back by the Massachusetts special election last month. His primary opponent, Senator Arlen Specter, has also recently supported the use of reconciliation, which allows the Senate to forgo the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster and conduct a simple majority vote.

“I feel strongly enough in my support for increasing competition in the insurance market that I support the passage of the public option and repeal of the anti-trust trust exemption, using whatever means is necessary, including reconciliation,” Sestak wrote.

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