Senate MP says Democrats could use reconciliation to pass more bills

© Reuters. Senate Majority Leader Schumer holds a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate MP ruled Monday to allow Democrats to use a procedural tool known as reconciliation to pass more laws this year, said a spokesman for Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who paved the way for passage an infrastructure bill without that bill could pave Republican support.

Spokesman Justin Goodman said Democrats hadn’t decided whether to apply a reconciliation that passed President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief bill last month with no Republican votes.

However, Monday’s Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough’s decision means they can do so by just a simple Senate majority by treating the move as a revision of budget law. This would bypass a potential Republican filibuster that legislation needs 60 votes to pass to pass.

The Senate is currently 50% split between Democratic and Republican assemblies, but Democrats have control of the chamber because Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie.

“The MP’s opinion is an important step forward that this key path is available to Democrats when needed,” Goodman said.

Biden proposed a $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan last week, which Republicans voted against.

Biden has said he wants to negotiate the measure with lawmakers from both parties. But he would be ready to enforce the infrastructure law without the support of the Republican legislature if there is no bipartisan agreement, said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday.

Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell said last week Biden’s plan would raise taxes and increase debt, and he vowed to fight “every step of the way”.

The Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the Chamber’s Finance Committee, was delighted with the parliamentarian’s decision.

“The American people want bold action to address the many challenges facing our country, and the Democrats now have more opportunities to overcome Republican handicaps and get things done,” he said.

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