Friday, April 2, 2021

Schumer Eyes Opportunity to Get Extra Chance at Bypassing Filibuster; Schumer Plans to Sidestep Filibuster by Expanding Senate Reconciliation Process, and related stories

Schumer eyes opportunity to get extra chance at bypassing filibuster:
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is eyeing an in-the-weeds rule that could give him extra opportunities to bypass the Senate’s filibuster roadblock and pass sweeping legislation with a simple majority.
If the Senate parliamentarian agrees, Schumer could use the budget reconciliation process to pass at least one more bill with 51 votes instead of the usual 60-vote threshold required to avoid a filibuster.
The change would be significant. Though Democrats have trifecta control of the House, Senate, and White House, they are largely unable to pass many of their priorities through a 50-50 divided Senate because avoiding a filibuster requires the support of at least 10 Republicans.
Earlier this year, Democrats circumvented a filibuster and used the budget reconciliation process to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan without the support of any Republicans. --->READ MORE HERE
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Schumer plans to sidestep filibuster by expanding Senate reconciliation process:
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer is maneuvering to pass a third bill this year using budget reconciliation, an obscure procedure that sidesteps the filibuster and allows Democrats to ram through President Biden’s agenda without the support of a single Republican.
Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, is proposing to expand the budget reconciliation process, which allows Congress to pass spending, revenue and debt measures with a simple majority of 51 votes.
As reconciliation measures are not subject to the filibuster — a Senate rule that mandates three-fifths of the chamber is needed to move forward on legislation — the tactic is especially attractive in a closely divided Congress.
The downside of reconciliation is it can generally only be used once per fiscal year, according to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. --->READ MORE HERE
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