Democrats only get ONE more chance to pass Biden’s agenda — including his $4 trillion infrastructure plans — without Republican support, Senate parliamentary rules
- Senate ruleholder’s revised ruling appears to close the possibility of multiple spending bills this year that could go by simple majority
- Sen. Charles Schumer had sought guidance and hoped to exercise more
- Biden met with GOP Sen on Wednesday. Capito at the White House House
President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer were dealt a blow in a statement by the Senate MP that will essentially give them one chance to pass Biden’s ambitious spending plans this year by a simple majority.
The Democrats had sought approval for a strategy that would give them multiple chances to move Biden’s infrastructure and other spending plans across the room under special “reconciliation rules” that would prevent a Republican filibuster.
Senate ruler Elizabeth MacDonough essentially ruled that Democrats would only get one bite of the apple — though Biden wants action on his $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan (downsized from $2.3 trillion) and his $1 .8 Trillion American Families Plan.
It all comes at a time when Biden is calling out June to be a “month of action” — but his allies worry about Republican filibusters soon to stall parts of his agenda.
“June should be a month of action on Capitol Hill,” President Joe Biden said this week. But this month could also be when his ambitious proposals hit Republican filibusters
McDonough ruled that an “automatic discharge” of a budget resolution after Democratic revisions to issue additional reconciliation instructions is “inappropriate,” the ruling said.
Budget writers will have the opportunity to write reconciliation instructions in the budget resolution that is still in the works for the current year. But any revisions would have to come from the evenly split Senate Budget Committee, where Republicans hold half the seats in the evenly split Senate.
Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough
McDonough warned that the provision was only intended for “extraordinary circumstances and not for things that should or could have been foreseen and dealt with” in the budget resolution. Otherwise, future panels might only pass shell proposals to force revisions at a later date.
“The potential for abuse was clear in 1974 and is all the more apparent now,” she wrote, referring to the 1974 Budget Act. The staffer wrote that “overuse and over-reliance on super-speedy proceedings in the usually deliberative Senate… the culture of the institution will change at the expense of committee and change processes and the rights of all senators”, Roll Call reported.
As the hill noted that Republicans on the Budget Panel can prevent a revised budget resolution from coming out of committee by denying a quorum.
Schumer had considered two or even three different reconciliation packages after his staff said it had received an earlier ruling that offered enough flexibility for more than one reconciliation bill.
The major procedural roadblock came on a day when the White House said there had been no change in Biden’s stance on the filibuster, and even a statement Biden made Tuesday that aimed to back Senate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. to push, to turn back. defended the filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) got the bad news Friday in a letter from the MP
Biden met on Wednesday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., as he tries to win Republican support for his infrastructure plan. Otherwise, some Democrats have said he could follow budget alignment procedures
Democrats fear Biden’s agenda will stall without changing Senate rules.
“I don’t think he intended to convey anything other than a little commentary on TV expertise,” Psaki said.
Psaki was asked about Biden’s comment in Tulsa, where he said, “I hear all the people on TV saying, ‘Why isn’t Biden taking care of this?’ Well, because Biden only has a majority of basically four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate voting more with my Republican friends.”
“June should be a month of action on Capitol Hill,” President Joe Biden said this week.