Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin dismissed the possibility of Democrats overturning a ruling that prevents an immigration amnesty being included in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion expansion of the federal safety net.
Mr. Durbin , Illinois Democrat said Monday that any attempt at changing the rules of the chamber to allow for a pathway to citizenship based on party lines would fail.
I don’t think that’s possible,” Mr. Durbin stated. “I don’t think that the votes are needed .”
Democrats originally hoped for a pathway to citizenship in Mr. Biden’s $3.5 trillion welfare bill. Party leaders are currently preparing to pass it via budget reconciliation.
The process allows spending and tax measures to avoid the 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple 51-vote majority.
Elizabeth MacDonough (the Parliamentarian who decides what can be included in a budget reconciliation bill) rejected the idea. Mrs. MacDonough rejected the Democratic argument that amnesty should be part of the reconciliation process in a Sunday ruling.
Democrats argued that an amnesty would result in hundreds of billions in government revenue and benefits over a number of decades. This meant that it should be considered a budget-friendly measure.
Ms. MacDonough disagreed and said that granting citizenship to anyone by “any standard” was an “immigration policy” rather than a budgetary measure.
“The policy changes in this proposal far outweigh its budgetary impact and it is not suitable for inclusion in reconciliation,” she wrote.
The parliamentarian’s decision was quickly rebuked by far-left Democrats, which included members of the “Squad .”
Many have called upon Senate Majority leader Charles E. Schumer either to fire Ms. MacDonough and hold a vote to overrule her decision.
This ruling by the parliamentarian was only a recommendation. @SenSchumer, the @WhiteHouse could and should ignore it,” Rep. Ilhanomar, Minnesota Democrat, stated on Twitter. We cannot miss this unique opportunity to do right.
At the moment, Democrats have 50 seats and the tie-breaking vote by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Despite the majority, Mr. Durbin stated that it was unrealistic to expect every Democrat to support a motion to remove the parliamentarian.
” I hope I’m wrong but I don’t believe that this is a realistic approach at the moment,” he stated. This report was contributed by
Kery Murphy and Stephen Dinan.