(RepublicanDaily.org) – The Senate filibuster is just about the only tool that remains for congressional Republicans in their struggle against the legislative dominance of Democrats. Even that has its limits, though. There are ways to circumvent the rule and pass legislation with just a simple majority, such as the controversial budget reconciliation.
Between the nuking of judicial filibusters (by both parties) and the boundary-stretching on budget reconciliation (also by both parties), the Senate is effectively executing a slow-motion evisceration of the 60-vote threshold.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 5, 2021
On Monday, April 5, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled Democrats may pass legislation with budget reconciliation once more this year, by attaching additional reconciliation instructions to the budget resolution they passed earlier in the year. This clears the path to get President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill through Congress without GOP support and also at least two other bills (that must be related to the budget) before the mid-term elections.
Republicans have denounced the infrastructure bill as partisan and overly expensive. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he’ll oppose the legislation “every step of the way.”
This ruling is a major blow for Republicans, and yet another indication of the stifling Democratic dominance in Washington, DC at the moment. It also shows that the Left is seemingly unconcerned with bipartisanship.
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