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Matt Salmon
Is reconciliation a real challenge to Obamacare?

WASHINGTON Even if some Republicans don't really want to go there, even if it's an exercise in futility, many are convinced the guaranteed-to-be-vetoed process of budget reconciliation promises to put Obamacare at the center of the 2016 debate. And that, conservatives say, is exactly where they want it. Reconciliation is the optional legislative process by which Congress may seek to implement fiscal savings by "reconciling" tax and entitlement statutes with a budget resolution. It's a two-step process. The first step is to pass a budget resolution both chambers agree on (which is not subject to a presidential signature or veto.) The second step is to then pass a...