Two occurrences this past week in the US Senate should gravely alarm every American!  First, Senator Harry Reid, D-N.V. and Senate Majority Leader, has announced that he intends to pursue the unprecedented use of "reconciliation" to ram through a health care reform bill with fewer votes than it would normally require. 
"Reconciliation" is a procedure used in the Senate to move forward on contentious budgetary items.  It was never intended to be used for matters such as health care and cap and trade, but Harry Reid is ready to do it on health care, because he does not have the votes he needs to get the bill passed.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has written an excellent article on the "reconciliation" process and what it was intended to do by its authors, including then Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who opposes its use to pass a health care reform bill.  Please take a few minutes to read this article.  This is a constitutional crisis
Turning the Senate into the Chicago City Council
The Senate Finance Committee also rejected, by a 12-11 vote, a proposal by Sen. Jim Bunning, R-KY., that would have required the Committee to post the final language of the $900 billion Baucus health care reform bill, as well as a Congressional Budget Office cost analysis, on the committee's website for 72 hours prior to a vote.
Democrats are fast-tracking the bill through committee, insisting that Senators vote on the bill WITHOUT SEEING THE ACTUAL LANGUAGE of the legislation.  In fact, Democrats made their point by mocking those who wanted to actually READ the bill before voting!
Let your Senators know how you feel about a vote on a bill that proposes to dramatically change the best health care system in the world and affect 17% of the American economy without reading the bill.  And tell them to vote NO on a procedural change that would fundamentally change the constitutional role of the Senate.
Sen. Tom Udall      202-224-6621,
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Sen. Jeff Bingaman   202-224-5521,
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