Senate parliamentarian sides with Democrats on filibuster workaround

Senate parliamentarian sides with Democrats on filibuster workaround


The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Democrats can use budget reconciliation on two more pieces of legislation this fiscal year, a spokesman for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

The move, revealed by a Schumer (D-NY) rep Monday, likely clears the way for President Biden’s two mammoth infrastructure bills to pass the upper house of Congress without GOP support.

In a statement, the top-ranking Senate Democrat’s office said that “no decisions have been made on a legislative path forward using Section 304,” while calling the parliamentarian’s ruling “an important step forward that this key pathway is available to Democrats if needed.”

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Aides to Schumer argued to the parliamentarian last month that they could use Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to pass another bill through budget reconciliation, the method by which Democrats approved Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package.

Republicans in the chamber have yet to respond to the parliamentarian’s opinion.

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