Blanche Lincoln opposes health care reconciliation 

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., made news Monday by appearing open to using budget reconciliation to pass president Obama's health care package. She told an Associated Press reporter she wanted to see what is included in the package before deciding. On Tuesday morning, she either had a change of heart or didn't really mean to that she would consider the parliamentary tactic, which would allow the Senate to pass the bill with 51 votes instead of the usual 60.

Lincoln, who rushed past a group of reporters and into the Senate chamber, turned around long enough to say she would not support such a move. Her statement Monday would have completely contradicted an earlier pledge to fight any effort to pass the bill with 51 votes.

Lincoln is fighting a tough re-election race and is lagging behind in the polls. She recenrtly drew a primary challenger from the Left in state Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

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