Earlier this week, I wondered if, by passing a fake budget, Democrats were giving up the ability to ram legislation through the Senate using reconciliation. The Washington Independent says the answer is yes:
Recognizing that Democrats would be reluctant to record “yes” votes for a budget that would augment the deficit, the House leadership opted to deem as passed a “budget enforcement resolution” instead, just before the July 4 recess. While the distinction between an enforcement resolution and a full budget is largely technical, there is one crucial difference: Under the enforcement resolution, Democrats can no longer use a parliamentary tactic known as budget reconciliation next year — a process Democrats had hoped might allow them to pass key pieces of legislation, such as a jobs bill, with 51 votes in the Senate, as opposed to the usual 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.
The fake budget may be a bad thing in terms of the honesty of the budget, but I’d say this consideration outweighs that, particularly with the specter of a mad duck session on the horizon.
(Via the Corner.)