With the threat of reconciliation being used in the Senate to pass Health Care legislation many have wondered what Sen. Byrd would do. Why?…
For starters, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) is the longest-serving Senator as well as the longest-serving member in congressional history. He has been the Dean of the Senate since 2003. He is also the oldest current member of the Congress. And he has been President pro tempore of the United States Senate since 2007. Plus, he is a historian of the Senate and believes strongly in the rules and procedures of the Senate.
So will he go along with his party on this one or will he stand opposed to this tactic as he did when President Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass health care?