Spending so much time parsing one word, reconciliation, is ridiculous in the face of the real problems here. However, knowing that reconciliation is now a powerfully negative word, the Democrats are now calling it a "simple majority". Following is a little history on reconciliation from Wikipedia:
"Reconciliation is a legislative process in the United States Senate intended to allow consideration of a contentious budget bill without the threat of filibuster. Introduced in 1974, reconciliation limits debate and amendment, and therefore favors the majority party. Reconciliation also exists in the United States House of Representatives, but because the House regularly passes rules that constrain debate and amendment, the process has had a less significant impact on that body.
The Byrd Rule (described below) was adopted in 1985 and amended in 1990. Its main effect is that reconciliation cannot be used for provisions that would increase the deficit beyond 10 years after the reconciliation measure. [Thus, President Bush's tax cuts are due to expire, for they were passed by reconciliation.]
Congress used reconciliation to enact President Bill Clinton's 1993 (fiscal year 1994) budget. (See Pub.L. 103-66, 107 Stat. 312.) Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass his 1993 health care plan, but Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) insisted that the health care plan was out of bounds for a process that is theoretically about budgets. [Well, that is, until that is the only way they can pass this bill which Americans don't want....]
Let’s set the record straight.