WASHINGTON – The independent Senate MP ruled Monday in favor of a Democratic effort to pass additional legislation through a process called reconciliation, according to a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., opening the door. for Democrats to pass more measures along party lines in the Senate this year.
Democrats have used reconciliation once this year to pass the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package, and lawmakers hoped to limit themselves to using it just one more time this year. With the new MP’s advice to lawmakers, Democrats could now use it for the third time to circumvent the 60-vote threshold needed for most laws to pass in the Senate. “This confirms the leader’s interpretation of the Budget Act and allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues,” Schumer’s spokesman said. The spokesperson said Schumer has not decided whether to go ahead with the use of reconciliation again and that “some parameters” around its use still need to be worked out. An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com. Also popular on WSJ.com: If you sell a home these days, the buyer could be a pension fund. China creates its own digital currency, a first for major economies.