The Senate MP decided on Monday that Democrats could use special budget rules to avoid Philip’s CI on two more pieces of legislation, paving the way for President BidenJoe BidenBiden should turn to Ostpolitik to negotiate with Hild’s autocrats The Morning Morning Report – Biden’s infrastructure plan sparks debate on definition Memo: Biden̵
It was a victory for Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) that allowed him to pass Biden’s $ 2.25 trillion package by revising the fiscal resolution on the 2021 budget.
Sumer may adopt a budget resolution for fiscal 2022 to make a third reconciliation package for the second half of Biden’s infrastructure agenda. Or the budget for fiscal 2021 could be revised for the third time to create a third reconciliation package.
Last month, Sumer’s best aides argued with MP Elizabeth McDonagh that section 304 of the 1974 Congressional Budget Act allowed them to revise the fiscal resolution for fiscal 2021 to create additional instructions for reconciliation by creating roads to pass two more bills this year by a simple majority in the Senate 50-50.
“The MP advises that the revised budget resolution may contain instructions for reconciling the budget. This confirms the interpretation of the Leader’s Budget Act and allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues,” a Sumerian spokesman said. in a statement Monday. “Although no legislative steps have been taken 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 path is available to Democrats if necessary.”
Democrats used the budget reconciliation process earlier this year to pass Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill without any CSO votes, instead of the 60 votes needed to advance legislation in the upper house.
The new solution will enable Schumer and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Human rights activists say fixing a border crisis is Biden’s job. Car Capitol Suspect Suffers from Deception, Suicide Thoughts: Sumer Report: Car Attack Stresses Need for Congress to Turn to Capitol Security MORE (D-California) to break Biden’s infrastructure proposal into two legislative packages.
The first part, a $ 2.25 trillion measure unveiled by the White House last month, includes more traditional infrastructure priorities. The second part, scheduled for later in the year, will include more spending priorities targeting people preferred by the progressive, such as extended childcare, a free general college, a universal kindergarten and more affordable housing.
Both the Senate and the Chamber will have to pass another simultaneous resolution to trigger an additional set of instructions for reconciliation.
Democratic aides say a second infrastructure package will be needed if Biden’s $ 2.25 trillion proposal is cut in an attempt to secure Republican votes or block the support of democratic centrists like Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinGOP Senator Hammers Biden Proposes Corporate Tax Raise Philibuster Can Be Defeated: I Know – I Helped Him Lawmakers Say Border Crisis Correction is Biden’s Job (W.Va.).
A Sumerian aide said last week that the majority leader “wants to maximize his capabilities to allow Senate Democrats multiple paths to progress in President Biden’s” Build Better “program if Senate Republicans try to thwart or dilute a bipartisan agreement. “
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee Wyden Are you worried about China? Make it easier to source elsewhere Sumer says Senate will move forward on marijuana legalization Biden begins Capitol Hill capitulation on spending, taxes MORE (D-Ore.), Which has jurisdiction over tax legislation Democrats plan to pass to pay for part of Biden’s infrastructure agenda, applauded the parliamentarian’s decision Monday night.
“I am pleased with the decision of the parliamentarian that the budget resolutions can be revised, which allows us to consider the transfer of additional bills through the reconciliation process. “The American people want bold action to meet many of our country’s challenges, and Democrats now have more opportunities to overcome Republican obstacles and get things done,” he said in a statement.
Senate Republicans argued that Democrats should not have been allowed to move two separate reconciliation packages, with special protection from filibuster, from the same budget resolution.
“This is an abuse of process and obviously not what reconciliation is intended to be, but they will continue to do so,” said a GOP aide.
The party that controls the White House, the House and the Senate often seeks to submit only one budget reconciliation package for the fiscal year. During the former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to turn to Ostpolitik for talks with autocrats Note: Biden’s tax lienIn the first year of governance, Republicans used a budget resolution in fiscal 2017 to improve legislation that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, followed by a budget resolution for fiscal 2018 to pass the Tax Relief and Workers Act. places.
Sumer used the first budget reconciliation package in fiscal 2021 to adopt the US $ 1.9 trillion rescue plan in a March 50-49 vote.
MacDonough failed the Democrats on the bill, deciding in late February that they could not add a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, a provision Biden had included in his original pandemic relief proposal.
The revision of the 2021 budget resolution will require 15 hours of Senate debate and another budget vote, which will burn valuable calendar time.
“There are 15 hours left for the revision of the floor in the Senate. You still have to report, you still have to call him, you still have to get to the floor, you still have the opportunity to vote-frame, “said Bill Hoagland, a budget expert at the Bipartisan Political Center. “I’m not quite sure about the big scheme of things you save a lot of time.”
Following the revision of the 2021 budget resolution, Democrats can adopt a resolution for fiscal 2022, creating a third budget resolution to adopt the second half of Biden’s infrastructure agenda and raise the federal debt limit by the end of the year.
Congress has suspended the debt limit until July 2021, at which point the Treasury will begin using “emergency measures” to extend the federal government’s right to borrow for several months, possibly until the end of the year.
While Democrats can include multiple instructions for reconciliation in the 2022 budget resolution to cross both halves of Biden’s infrastructure agenda and raise the debt limit, leaders may have other priorities for that resolution.
Updated at 7:05 p.m.