The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules to avoid Republican filibusters on two more pieces of legislation this year, potentially clearing the way for President Biden’s mutli-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal to pass in two packages with simple-majority votes.
Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York and his Democratic troops can pass Mr. Biden’s $2.25 trillion package using the fiscal 2021 budget resolution. That means Democrats could push through the package if they don’t lose any of their 50 senators.
Mr. Schumer said the ruling “allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues.” He said no decision has been made on a path forward, but called the ruling “an important step” for Democrats to use “if needed.”
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has vowed that the GOP will fight Mr. Biden’s big-spending proposal “every step of the way.” That will be much more difficult with Republicans unable to use the 60-vote filibuster threshold to block legislation.
The parliamentarian’s ruling also means that a second budget resolution could be passed this year to approve the second, still-unannounced portion of Biden’s infrastructure agenda. The ruling further means that the fiscal 2021 budget could be revised a third time to set up a third “reconciliation” spending package, also subject to a simple majority vote. Read more at Washington Times