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Jbird
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Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
The Senate parliamentarian’s ruling allowing Democrats to sidestep a GOP filibuster only one more time in 2021 is forcing Democratic lawmakers to rethink how they can advance President Biden’s agenda.

Democratic aides now say the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package will have to be even bigger since they have just one more opportunity before the 2022 election year to go it alone on major legislation.

“The bottom line is the next one is going to be bigger because you can’t divide it up,” said a Senate Democratic aide referring to the remaining reconciliation package.

Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough indicated to Schumer’s staff in April that they would be able to create multiple reconciliation vehicles this year.

But in a more extensive ruling circulated in recent days, MacDonough clarified that reconciliation vehicles beyond the remaining one for 2021 would first require majority approval on the Senate Budget Committee, which is evenly split at 11 votes a piece for Democrats and Republicans.

As a result, Democrats have only one more chance this year to sidestep a filibuster since there’s virtually no chance of a Republican on the committee voting with them.
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Aides say there’s now more pressure on Biden to cut a deal with Senate Republicans on a scaled-down infrastructure package because that would allow for more spending in a reconciliation package with priorities that are unlikely to get GOP support.

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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
How did we suddenly get multiple cracks at reconciliation?


Jbird
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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
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How did we suddenly get multiple cracks at reconciliation?
Rules are pliable!


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LetsgoGamecocks
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The Senate parliamentarian’s ruling allowing Democrats to sidestep a GOP filibuster only one more time in 2021 is forcing Democratic lawmakers to rethink how they can advance President Biden’s agenda.


This is great news as they were going to ram a number of things through using reconciliation now they only get one shot. That budget bill will be massive and "hopefully" can be blocked when the democrats go to far.


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Jax Teller
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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
Is HR1 still out there?

That's the one that I really want them no access to move forward.
Rigging the elections permanently is scary.
This post was edited on 6/4 at 7:51 am


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udtiger
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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
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Aides say there’s now more pressure on Biden to cut a deal with Senate Republicans on a scaled-down infrastructure package because that would allow for more spending in a reconciliation package with priorities that are unlikely to get GOP support


This tells me the GOP should tell him to frick himself since they are going to ram it through regardless.


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VoxDawg
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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
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How did we suddenly get multiple cracks at reconciliation?


The rules are fluid, just like gender, baw.


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That was the warning shot.... roll EVERYTHING into one monstrosity of a bill and shove it down everyone's neck at once. That will be the last bill passed until after the mid terms. I will be 1000's of pages of crap that nobody reads and passed without a single R voting for it

What a terrible joke our gov't has become.


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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
Democrats gotta pass one more pork bill so they can get their kickbacks to the DNC from the union bosses.


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LSU316
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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
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How did we suddenly get multiple cracks at reconciliation?


By rule:

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Budget reconciliation bills can deal with spending, revenue, and the federal debt limit, and the Senate can pass one bill per year affecting each subject.


I'm guessing Biden's COVID bill took care of the spending and federal debt limit parts which is why they can only use the reconciliation vehicle one more time related to revenue.
This post was edited on 6/4 at 8:21 am


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Tall Tiger
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re: Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda
This is devastating as far as the "bold" [read: progressive] aspects of Biden's agenda. So far he has governed as the most far left POTUS we've ever had despite billing himself as a moderate during the campaign.

Whatever he gets on "infrastructure" is going to be seriously watered down, and that will infuriate many of his more liberal supporters.


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Laaz2750
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I believe they alwys get 2.... where it gets interesting is that it's supposed to only be used for Budgets, but the parliamentarian gets to decide, ultimately, whether the issue at hand is really a "budget" item or not. If he (or she) decides DC statehood is a "budget item" they can use reconciliation on that.


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