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Gibbs Will Not Rule Out Passing Health Bill Using “Nuclear Option”

February 24, 2010
Frances Martel

When asked at this morning’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refused to rule out the “nuclear option” should a filibuster of the health care bill occur in the Senate. While emphasizing that he did not want to come to any conclusions before he knew the results of Thursday’s scheduled bipartisan health care summit, he pointed out that the nuclear option– the ending of a filibuster with a majority through point of order rather than the supermajority needed for cloture– has a history of success for allowing votes on controversial bills.

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