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How a Senate Ruling Could Help Push Biden's Agenda Through Congress

Added 04-06-21 09:40:03pm EST - “Democrats now appear to have more chances to maneuver bills past Republicans, but it remains unclear how and when they might use them, and for what.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “How a Senate Ruling Could Help Push Biden’s Agenda Through Congress”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democrats now appear to have more chances to maneuver bills past Republicans, but it remains unclear how and when they might use them, and for what.

WASHINGTON — Hours after a top Senate official informed Democrats that they could potentially have more chances to use a complex budget maneuver to push through their agenda without any Republican votes, Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, was on television outlining the breadth of liberal ambitions.

Democrats aimed to enact President Biden’s plan to transform the nation’s infrastructure, he said, provide for paid family and medical leave, and expand health care, potentially including Medicare.

The musing by Mr. Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, reflected the high hopes that Democrats have that a new ruling from the chamber’s parliamentarian will open more avenues for them to push a wide range of their priorities through a Congress where they have precariously small majorities.

“The devil is in the details, and we don’t know the details yet — that’s going have to be negotiated, and better understood,” Mr. Sanders said in an interview on Tuesday. “It gives us the possibility of going forward with more than one piece of legislation, and that’s obviously advantageous to what we’re trying to do.”

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