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         NE: Sen. Fischer talks unity, beef and more

ďWith the news that we heard (Monday), about the reconciliation, the parliamentarian making a judgment that none of us really expected ó that reconciliation can be used for a number of things now ... thatís really horrible,Ē she said. ďItís upsetting, itís bleak.

 

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

Ö could clear the way for passage of an infrastructure bill without Republican supportÖ

 

         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]

 

 

Sen. Fischer talks unity, beef and more

 

Olivia Wieseler, Star-Herald (NE)†

Apr 6, 2021

 

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer stopped at the Star-Herald Tuesday on a statewide tour to discuss some of the projects sheís working on and give an update on whatís going on in the nationís capitol.

 

Fischer said itís important for her to see how the communities in her state are doing.

 

Fischerís visit came as the Senateís parliamentarian determined that Democrats would be able to do a third budget reconciliation bill this year. The measure allows Democrat lawmakers to pass more legislation without Republican support.

 

ďWith the news that we heard (Monday), about the reconciliation, the parliamentarian making a judgment that none of us really expected ó that reconciliation can be used for a number of things now ... thatís really horrible,Ē she said. ďItís upsetting, itís bleak.

 

ďThatís how it is, which is different from my message I usually give, because I like to come and talk about all the great things weíre working on together and what we can accomplish, and how itís going to help the people of Nebraska. And after hearing that (Monday), itís hard.Ē

 

Reconciliation is the process by which the Senate can pass budgetary legislation with only 51 votes. Typically, legislation needs 60 votes to pass. In the past,† reconciliation could be used once a year to fast track a bill. Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Monday to allow it to be used more than once this year for President Joe Bidenís infrastructure plan, which faces Republican opposition...

 

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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 Bidenís $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill last month without Republican votes.

 

But Mondayís 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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