The Budget Reconciliation Process is "Parliamentary Sleight of Hand"?!?!
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At 7:06 PM I wrote:

The Budget Reconciliation Process is "Parliamentary Sleight of Hand"?!?!: So the Wall Street Journal says:

New Rx for Health Plan: Split Bill: Most legislation in the Senate requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, but certain budget-related measures can pass with 51 votes through a piece of parliamentary sleight-of-hand called reconciliation...

Never heard it called that before. I always heard budget reconcilition called "the normal budget process since congress moved the start of the fiscal year forward to October 1 back in the mid 1970s."

One guess as to which "reporter" writes this...

At lunch last week I was the only person--surrounded as I was by ex-deans and ex-newspaper executives--saying that I had not yet seen many signs that the Murcdochization of the Wall Street Journal news pages was underway. Guess I have to go back and recant...

At 7:44 PM Gene writes in comments:

The Budget Reconciliation Process is "Parliamentary Sleight of Hand"?!?!: WSJ has taken out the offending phrase and replaced it with "maneuver". Now that's some sleight of hand right there...

And it's twue, it's twue! The paragraph in Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid's article now reads:

New Rx for Health Plan: Split Bill: Most legislation in the Senate requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, but certain budget-related measures can pass with 51 votes through a parliamentary maneuver called reconciliation...

New Rx for Health Plan_ Split Bill - WSJ.com.gif

It will be interesting to look at the print paper tomorrow morning.

And it is clearly time to add the Wall Street Journal to the list of publications where one takes screen shots of everything one quotes for fear that things will otherwise disappear down the Orwellian memory hole...

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

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