Senate Parliamentarian Approves Reconciliation to Ram Through Additional Legislation Without Filibuster Obstruction

Senate Parliamentarian Approves Reconciliation to Ram Through Additional Legislation Without Filibuster Obstruction


The Senate parliamentarian has allowed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to use reconciliation to ram through additional legislation in a win for President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal is now closer to becoming law by process of revising the fiscal 2021 Budget Resolution, which avoids the filibuster and customary Senate debate.

“The Parliamentarian has advised that a revised budget resolution may contain budget reconciliation instructions. This confirms the Leader’s interpretation of the Budget Act and allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues,” Schumer’s office said Monday.

“While no decisions have been made on a legislative path forward using Section 304 and some parameters still need to be worked out, the Parliamentarian’s opinion is an important step forward that this key pathway is available to Democrats if needed,” the statement concluded.

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The Democrats had already used budget reconciliation

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