In excellent news for Biden, the Senate MP determined that the GOP can’t impede the Infrastructure Act
During the Trump presidency, Republicans had a very slim majority. And they used that majority to get the things they wanted through. Taxes have been cut and the Supreme Court justices have been appointed regardless of partiality.
The shoe is on the other foot now as the Democrats, with Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker, have a slim majority. Republicans have shown little interest in compromising and threatened to use the filibuster to delay the passage of bills.
But the Democrats got good news on Monday when the Senate MP decided they could pass their latest infrastructure bill through reconciliation, which means it can be passed coldly by a simple majority.
Infrastructure news: Chuck Schumer’s office says the MP agrees with his interpretation of the Senate budget process, which could allow Democrats to bypass a filibuster and seek reconciliation again in fiscal 2021 (and several times next year). pic.twitter.com/OoiEQpd6lX
– Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 5, 2021
Chuck Schumer said in a statement:
“The MP has indicated that a revised budget resolution may contain instructions on how to vote on the budget. This confirms the Führer’s interpretation of the Budget Act and gives the Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican disability persists. While no legislative path decisions have been made using Section 304, and some parameters have yet to be worked out. However, the MP’s opinion is an important step forward that this key path is available to Democrats when needed. “
Lisa Desjardins of PBS News commented, “Possibly a very big deal. Schumer’s office confirms that the MP agrees that Democrats can essentially * amend * a budget resolution and try again using the budget vote. You are still working on the plan / effect. “
Yes. Possibly a very big deal.
Schumer’s office confirms that the MP agrees that Democrats can essentially * amend * a budget resolution and try again using the budget vote.
You are still working on the plan / effect.
– Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) April 5, 2021
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