If you've been paying attention to what's going on in Washington recently, you've probably heard the word "reconciliation". What is it? It's a legislative process intended to allow a budget bill to be considered without filibuster. In the Senate, it restricts debate to 20 hours and amendments are limited. Without the option of filibuster, a bill in the Senate would only require 51 votes to pass. A super majority of 60 votes is required to end a filibuster to move legislation normally.