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Ruling By Senate Parliamentarian Opens Up Potential Pathway For Democrats

Added 04-05-21 08:07:02pm EST - “The decision from the nonpartisan parliamentarian means Democrats could advance more of President Biden's agenda without the support of Republicans.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Ruling By Senate Parliamentarian Opens Up Potential Pathway For Democrats ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to the media on March 25. Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

A new decision from the U.S. Senate's nonpartisan parliamentarian means Democrats could advance more of President Biden's agenda without the support of Republicans.

The official's interpretation of Senate budget rules would allow the use of the reconciliation process more than once in a fiscal year, and it is viewed by Democrats as a possible strategy for moving top policy priorities with a simple majority, since getting the needed 10 Republican votes in a 50-50 Senate has proved difficult.

Details are still unclear as to how Democratic leaders might use the additional chance to pass budget-related policies.

"The Parliamentarian has advised that a revised budget resolution may contain budget reconciliation instructions," Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Monday. "While no decisions have been made on a legislative path 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 pathway is available to Democrats if needed."

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