How House Democrats’ Reconciliation Bill Could Face The Senate Shredder

How House Democrats’ Reconciliation Bill Could Face The Senate Shredder


On November 2, five House Democrats—enough to block the passage of the spending spree that the party hopes to enact via the budget reconciliation process—wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, urging her “to only bring a bill to the floor for which we have a strong level of confidence…will be ruled in order by the Senate parliamentarian and earn passage in the U.S. Senate.”

The lawmakers have justifiable reason for concern. Major pieces of the 2,135-page legislation face serious obstacles in the Senate. Both on policy and on process, senators in the upper chamber could rip the House bill to shreds, meaning more centrist House Democrats face the possibility of taking a political suicide vote soon.

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To take but one obvious example:

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