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·         U.S. Senate parliamentarian says Democrats can use reconciliation to pass more bills

… could clear the way for passage of an infrastructure bill without Republican support… 

 

·         Parliamentarian of the United States Senate

Incumbent parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has held the office since 2012, appointed by then Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV]

 

 

U.S. Senate parliamentarian says Democrats can use reconciliation to pass more bills

 

Reporting by Eric Beech; Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney, Reuters

Apr 5, 2021

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate parliamentarian ruled on Monday that Democrats may use a procedural tool known as reconciliation to pass more legislation this year, a spokesman for Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, which could clear the way for passage of an infrastructure bill without Republican support.

 

Spokesman Justin Goodman said that Democrats had not decided whether to use reconciliation, which they employed to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill last month without Republican votes.

 

But Monday’s ruling by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough means they can do so with just a simple majority in the Senate, by treating the measure as a revision of budget legislation. Doing so would bypass a potential Republican filibuster, in which legislation would need 60 votes to pass.

 

The Senate is currently divided 50-50 between the Democratic and Republican caucuses, but Democrats have control of the chamber because Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie...

 

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Parliamentarian of the United States Senate

 

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on Apr 6, 2021

 

The Parliamentarian of the United States Senate is the official advisor to the United States Senate on the interpretation of Standing Rules of the United States Senate and parliamentary procedure. Incumbent parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has held the office since 2012, appointed by then Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV]

 

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