Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, said in a statement Monday that Democrats are running partisan legislation through Congress with reconciliation despite President Joe Biden’s rhetoric about “unity.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Monday night that the Senate parliamentarian said a revised budget resolution could contain budget reconciliation instructions. This would allow for Democrats to pass another bill, such as an infrastructure bill, through the Senate with only a simple majority.
Democrats passed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill through the Senate 50-49 in March. Biden, Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hope to pass their infrastructure package through Congress using budgetary reconciliation.
Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act using budgetary reconciliation and tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) using the parliamentary procedure.
Schumer said in a statement Monday:
The Parliamentarian has advised that a