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Barrasso: Senate Should Only Pass Health Care Reform If It Can Get 70 Or 80 Votes (VIDEO)

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Under reconciliation, which is a filibuster-proof process used for budgetary matters, Democrats could pass legislation with only 51 votes. Barrasso dismissed it as a "trick."

"The whole process, legislatively, is to get around the rules," he said.


Barrasso also repeated a talking point from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, questioning why President Obama is releasing his health care proposal before the bipartisan health care summit scheduled for Thursday. Barrasso said, however, that he will attend the summit if he's invited.