Big win for Democrats: Senate parliamentarian to allow additional budget legislation to bypass potential GOP filibuster
Senateparliamentarian on Monday cleared the way for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use reconciliation again.
- Reconciliation allows bills to bypass a potential GOP filibuster.
- This could have implications for President Joe Biden's infrastructure package.
The Senate parliamentarian cleared the way for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use reconciliation to pass an additional piece of legislation, allowing Democrats to bypass a potential GOP filibuster. The legislation can pass with standard majority votes, instead of two-thirds majority support in the Senate.Schumer's spokesperson said in a statement that the development, "allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues."
In October, the Senate will vote on the 2022 fiscal year budget, potentially presenting Democrats with another opportunity to use budget reconciliation, which by then, could be the third time the process would be used in a year.There are, however, non-budget-related priorities for the Biden administration that could face stiff GOP resistance with no option for budget reconciliation, such as bills having to do with voting rights, the minimum wage, labor rights, and the Equality Act. And Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia signaled he would not support any bills with no GOP support, nor would he support ending the filibuster, making the road without budget reconciliation trickier for Democrats.
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