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2135, 05 Apr 21

Senate Parliamentarian Invents New Rules

The rules don’t mean anything. Power means everything. The Democrats understand it. The Republicans don’t.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules to avoid a GOP filibuster on two more pieces of legislation, setting the stage for President Biden‘s infrastructure agenda to pass in two packages with simple-majority votes.

 

It’s a win for Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that allows him to pass Biden’s $2.25 trillion package by revising the fiscal 2021 Budget Resolution.

 

Schumer could pass a budget resolution for fiscal 2022 to do a third reconciliation package for the second half of the Biden infrastructure agenda. Or the fiscal 2021 budget could be revised a third time to set up a third reconciliation package.

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2135, 05 April 2021

1 Comment

  1. Mar

    This in effect does away with the filibuster.
    So, now, it’s up to the Turtle to do what he said he would, throw the Senate into chaos.
    But he probably won’t.

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