Despite President Joe Biden’s election-year appeal to his self-described strengths as a bipartisan deal-maker, congressional Democrats may be poised to pass another $2 trillion spending package on a party-line vote.
No definitive decision has been made on how best to pass the infrastructure package that is the opening salvo of Biden’s American Jobs Plan. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that the chamber could advance the measure through reconciliation, a budgetary tool that allows legislation to pass with 51 votes rather than the 60 necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster.
That would mean Democrats would not need Republican support to pass the $2.25 trillion spending bill if they can hold their 50 senators together, shortly after enacting a $1.9 trillion measure without any GOP votes. Vice President Kamala Harris could send the infrastructure legislation to Biden’s desk with her tie-breaking vote.