They just lie through their teeth

During the March 20 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity falsely claimed that “a parliamentary procedure called reconciliation” would allow the Obama administration to pass legislation “without any Republicans even having an opportunity to vote.” Guest and fellow Fox News host Mike Huckabee replied that this is “horribly dangerous because it really does bypass the entire system of the American government, where we’re supposed to have an honest debate.” In fact, the budget reconciliation process does not deny Republicans or any member of Congress “an opportunity to vote.” According to the House Rules Committee’s description of the budget reconciliation process, the version of reconciliation legislation agreed to during the conference process is then “brought back to the full House and Senate for a vote on final passage. Approval of the conference agreement on the reconciliation legislation must be by a majority vote of both Houses.

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