Ryan has promised a vote on an override of Obama’s expected veto of the reconciliation bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The budget reconciliation process sounds complicated and partisan, but it wasn’t always so.
The legislative tactic, which is popular because it averts the Senate filibuster, aims to align taxes and spending with the annual budget resolution that Congress can, but doesn’t always, pass. It’s a way to change high-profile programs, such as entitlements or the tax code, without having to worry about as many procedural roadblocks.
Basically, in partisan times, partisan legislation is easier to pass using reconciliation. Full story