The Senate parliamentarian on Monday cleared the way for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use reconciliation to pass two additional pieces of legislation, allowing them to bypass a potential GOP filibuster, Schumer’s office said. The legislation can pass with standard majority votes, instead of two-thirds majority support in the Senate.
This could have implications for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package.
The move means that Schumer can pass Biden’s $2.25 trillion jobs and infrastructure package through a revision of the 2021 Budget Resolution, a process that can also be used to pass the second half of the package, The Hill reported.
Schumer’s spokesperson said that the development, “allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues.”
Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough issued the opinion on Friday, which means that Democrats can also work to pass the infrastructure bills without immediately trying to end the filibuster.
The move to revisit the 2021 Budget Resolution could also spur additional oppurtunities to vote on specific bills using the simple-majority votes, which Vice President Kamala Harris holds a tiebreaking vote for.
With GOP pushback around the financing of the infrastructure packages through tax hikes on wealthy Americans and potential resistance from centrist Democrats like Rep. Joe Manchin, the budget reconciliation process could allow Democrats to hold off pressure and move the bills forward quickly.
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