Chuck Schumer Just Found An Ingenious Way Around McConnell to Pass Biden’s Agenda

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said late Monday that Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has ruled Democrats could enact another reconciliation package by revising the budget blueprint the Democratic Congress adopted earlier this year.

The prospects for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda could be enhanced by the ruling from the Senate parliamentarian, which opens the door to passing multiple additional bills this year without the need for any Republican support.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had argued that President Biden’s $2.25 trillion package is too costly and would require huge tax increases, but the ruling “allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues,” said Schumer’s spokesman, Justin Goodman.

Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, issued a statement Monday night praising the ruling. ”The American people want bold action to address our country’s many challenges, and Democrats now have more options to overcome Republican obstruction and get things done,” Wyden said.

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed using the budget reconciliation process, which bypasses the 60-vote rule required to pass most legislation in the Senate. Even with the reconciliation tool available, the President would still have to keep on board all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats in the 50-50 Senate, with Joe Manchin of West Virginia already insisting on changes.

“This ruling gives President Biden, Leader Schumer, and Senate Democrats the ability to circumvent obstructionist and enhance the lives of Americans,” said Christopher Hahn, former senior aide to Chuck Schumer. “Republicans have made it crystal clear that they will block everything they can, no matter how necessary or popular with the American people.”

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