McConnell: In Letter to Reid, 41 Republican Senators Commit to Rejecting All Byrd Rule Violations

WASHINGTON, DCThe Senate Republican leadership announced Wednesday that all 41 Senate Republicans signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, notifying him that they would not allow any violations of the Byrd Rule to be waived if Democrats insisted on using the budget reconciliation process to ram through the partisan health spending bill. The letter notes that this unity ensures that “any provision that trips the Byrd Rule will be stripped from the bill,” requiring “that the bill be sent back to the House for further consideration and additional votes.”