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Big win for Democrats: Senate parliamentarian to allow 2 more bills to bypass a potential GOP filibuster

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APRIL 5, 2021

The Democratic-majority Senate, led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, will help to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominees and to enact his agenda. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • The Senate parliamentarian on Monday cleared the way for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use reconciliation to pass two additional pieces of legislation.
  • Reconciliation allows bills to bypass a potential GOP filibuster.
  • This could have implications for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package.

The Senate parliamentarian on Monday cleared the way for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use reconciliation to pass two additional pieces of legislation, allowing them to bypass a potential GOP filibuster, Schumer’s office said. The legislation can pass with standard majority votes, instead of two-thirds majority support in the Senate.

This could have implications for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package.

The move means that Schumer can pass Biden’s $2.25 trillion jobs and infrastructure package through a revision of the 2021 Budget Resolution, a process that can also be used to pass the second half of the package, The Hill reported.

Schumer’s spokesperson said that the development, “allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues.”


Courtesy/Source: Business Insider

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