Senate Parliamentarian Ruling Opens Option for Democrats to Pass Biden’s Infrastructure Plan via Budget Reconciliation Process

Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, ruled in an opinion to allow the Democrats in the evenly-split 50-50 Senate to use the reconciliation process again in fiscal year 2021, a spokesman for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Monday. The ruling potentially allows Democrats to pass President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, dubbed the “America Jobs Plan,” via the reconciliation process—a procedural tool that allows a bill related to taxes, spending, and debt to be passed in the chamber by a simple 51-vote majority rather than having to pass the 60 vote filibuster threshold that would require support from 10 Republicans. The process also limits debate on the bill to 20 hours. “The Parliamentarian has advised that a revised budget resolution may contain budget reconciliation instructions,” the spokesperson, Justin Goodman, said late on Monday in a statement to news outlets. “This confirms the leader’s interpretation of the Budget Act and allows Democrats additional tools …

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