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Will Democrats Seek GOP Votes Or 'Reconciliation'?

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Will Democrats Seek GOP Votes Or 'Reconciliation'?

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Will Democrats Seek GOP Votes Or 'Reconciliation'?

Will Democrats Seek GOP Votes Or 'Reconciliation'?

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Congress is preparing for a big fight over President Obama's ambitious budget overhaul of the nation's health care, energy, and tax policies. Many Democrats want to consider the budget under a process known as "reconciliation." It's a legislative strategy that limits debate and requires 51 Senate votes for passage, rather than the 60 that most controversial legislation requires.

The Republican minority fears being excluded, and even some Democrats say their victory could be Pyrrhic if a large minority is left out.