Reconciliation and Representation: The Share of the Population Represented by the Democratic Majority


March 2010, Sarika Gupta

With the debate over health care dragging on, it is becoming increasingly likely that the Senate will pass a bill through the reconciliation process, requiring just a simple majority rather than the super-majority needed to break a filibuster. This paper shows that if this path is taken, senators who represent the vast majority of the nation’s population will have supported the bill. This assessment holds even if several of the senators who have indicated serious reservations end up voting against it.

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Projected Senate Vote Weighted by U.S. Population, Party Line Vote

Projected Senate Vote Weighted by U.S. Population, More Realistic Vote