Reportedly, in exchange for his healthcare reform policies getting the OK to get Senate consideration via the filibuster-free reconciliation process Oct. 15, if no bill gets reported out by then, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad gets the Presidential okey-dokey to tinker with Social Security.
“Would I want things? Yeah,” Conrad said.
Conrad and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, have long pushed for creating a task force that would write policy prescriptions for the government’s long-term budget problems that Congress would have to vote on.
Now, this doesn’t spell out what Conrad wants besides “pay-go” provisions in some other areas, but he’s long been known to favor tinkering with Social Security.