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U.S. Senate parliamentarian says Democrats can use reconciliation to pass more bills

CommoditiesApr 05, 2021 09:55PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate parliamentarian ruled on Monday that Democrats may use a procedural tool known as reconciliation to pass more legislation this year, a spokesman for Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, which could clear the way for passage of an infrastructure bill without Republican support.

Spokesman Justin Goodman said that Democrats had not decided whether to use reconciliation, which they employed to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill last month without Republican votes.

But Monday's ruling by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough means they can do so with just a simple majority in the Senate, by treating the measure as a revision of budget legislation. Doing so would bypass a potential Republican filibuster, in which legislation would need 60 votes to pass.

The Senate is currently divided 50-50 between the Democratic and Republican caucuses, but Democrats have control of the chamber because Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie.

"The Parliamentarian’s opinion is an important step forward that this key pathway is available to Democrats if needed," Goodman said.

Biden last week proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which Republicans have said they would oppose.

Biden has said he wants to negotiate the measure with lawmakers from both parties. But he would be willing to push through the infrastructure bill without the support of Republican lawmakers in the absence of a bipartisan agreement, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Sunday.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said last week that Biden's plan would raise taxes and increase debt, and he vowed to fight it "every step of the way."

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the chamber's Finance Committee, said he was pleased by the parliamentarian’s ruling.

"The American people want bold action to address our country’s many challenges, and Democrats now have more options to overcome Republican obstruction and get things done," he said.

U.S. Senate parliamentarian says Democrats can use reconciliation to pass more bills
 

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Hunt Richardson
Hunt Richardson Apr 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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higher taxes? Yay!!
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 06, 2021 1:24AM ET
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democrats will do whatever they can do get around the constitution and the will of the people
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 06, 2021 1:24AM ET
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the will of the people, you mean the $1.9T covid relief bill that 70% of americans wanted and 50 republican senators voted against?  tell us more
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 06, 2021 1:24AM ET
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It's not "getting around the Constitution" when the Parliamentarian ruled that they can do it. That's like saying that the Republicans are "doing whatever they can to get around the Constitution by using the Philibuster to block every bill". Neither is true. Good or bad, they're just different strategies that fit within the current Senate rules.
Darren Caris
Darren Caris Apr 06, 2021 12:59AM ET
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crooks. put her in jail.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 06, 2021 12:59AM ET
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"ruling by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough means they can do so with just a simple majority in the Senate"  --  what exactly makes her a crook, that she gave her opinion that 51 votes in a 100-person senate can be consider a majority to pass a bill? did you learn your math from Trump University?
TL Chan
TL Chan Apr 05, 2021 11:51PM ET
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This is barbaric !
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 05, 2021 11:51PM ET
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No more "barbaric" than Senate Republicans using the Philibuster to block every House Bill sponsored by Democrats, or Moscow Mitch systematically refusing to even bring any of the House Bills to the Senate Floor in the previous 4 years for a vote or even a debate.
TL Chan
TL Chan Apr 05, 2021 11:50PM ET
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They are trying to ignore quite significant parts of citizen's opinons!
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 05, 2021 11:50PM ET
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the dems have always been dreaming of a one party system. now they have it
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 05, 2021 11:50PM ET
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I didn't know the republicans care so much about citizens' opinions, like when all 50 republican senators voted against  the $1.9T covid relief bill that 70% of americans wanted......
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Apr 05, 2021 11:01PM ET
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We are in big trouble because they can and will pass huge tax increases to pay for their actions. I'm ready to load up on XOUT once the SP500 hits 2200. It's the opportunity of a lifetime.
Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Apr 05, 2021 10:15PM ET
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Love uncle joe such a breath of fresh air after drump
Juan De Facto
Juan De Facto Apr 05, 2021 10:15PM ET
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you are cheerleading a geriatric dodo bird, be ashamed lol.
Mark Manley
Mark Manley Apr 05, 2021 10:15PM ET
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That's funny, I thought you said "breath of fresh air", but only a complete imbe3cil3 would use that phrase to refer to a self-f1agelating, p1agerizing, pos3ur like Biden
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 05, 2021 10:15PM ET
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more like a breath of deep gross swamp!
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 05, 2021 10:15PM ET
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danny Levine  what, you mean The Donald didn't clear the swamp after 4 years like he promised?
Gregory Bent
mrbigley Apr 05, 2021 10:08PM ET
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finally Democrats are taking a page out of the GOPQ playbook
Mark Manley
Mark Manley Apr 05, 2021 10:08PM ET
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By passing a $2T "Covid relief bill" that had nothing to do with Covid relief? sorry Charlie, that's straight outta the slo-bama playbook
Mario tragik
Mario tragik Apr 05, 2021 10:03PM ET
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unlimited taxes yaaay
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Apr 05, 2021 9:11PM ET
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Democrats have 1 chane to turn USA into socialist/communist coutry, make PR and DC both states and stach the SCOTUS with 15 ********progressives. After midterms, they wont have any more control. Dont blame them. GOP are full of Kemps, Liz and Romnies.
Chris Hall
Chris Hall Apr 05, 2021 9:11PM ET
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🤡 nice spelling
Lucas P
Lucas P Apr 05, 2021 9:11PM ET
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Did it prevent you from understanding what he said? Go grade s paper to find meaning in your life.
peter neal
peter neal Apr 05, 2021 8:20PM ET
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The man has serious dementia and he is leading the Western World into the abyss. They have opened the gates for immigrants to further tip the scales to vote for them with the intent of destroying the United States and the Media is complisant. You could buy Gold but it's sold out.
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Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Apr 05, 2021 8:20PM ET
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Herbert Squires fox news talking point 101. Is that u tucker carlston?
Tsei Eyeoyibo
Tsei Eyeoyibo Apr 05, 2021 8:20PM ET
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Herbert Squires and the tax cut is paid how and by who? have we paid the 1.9 trillion DRUMP gave? 🤣🤣🤣
Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Apr 05, 2021 8:20PM ET
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The Trump comments are truly laughable arguments. They are all the same watch fox and they all say the same bs they all revole around taxes are going to trickle down and hurt average joe or biden has demetia etc. it like they cant think for themselves anymore
Murray Asher
Murray Asher Apr 05, 2021 8:20PM ET
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that sounds like the history of Canada.
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell Apr 05, 2021 8:20PM ET
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Rob Fordham Biden and your Jkass insignia party is gonna do a train on all our asses and yours is ginna hurt as much as the RepubsFool
 
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