Sen. Jon Kyl Explains Why He Doubts the Democrats Will Use the "Nuclear Option" to Pass ObamaCare - Video 8/20/09
Here is video of Sen. Jon Kyl on with Greta Van Susteren tonight where he talked about the possibility that the Democrats will opt to use the "Nuclear Option" in the Senate to ram through a Government Health Care Bill. Such an option would mean they use what is called the "reconciliation process" which would only require getting 50 votes (+ VP Joe Biden to make 51 votes) to bring a bill to the floor for a final vote, which would again only require 51 votes for final approval. Under Senate rules, a bill usually requires 60 votes to invoke Cloture, which allows a bill to come to floor for final passage.
Kyl said the Democrats may do that out of frustration, but he doubts it. Kyl said there are two reasons he doubts they will do it:
1. The "Reconciliation Process" is not designed to pass this kind of legislation. There are many provisions it would be difficult to include under this process.
2. If they use it, they will clearly be doing it to thwart the will of the American people. It would make them look desperate and out of step with public opinion.