Monday, September 20, 2021
Did Immigration Reform Die Last Night? Senate Parliamentarian Nixes Dems Plan to Use Budget Reconciliation
Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Did the clock just run out on the possibility of meaningful immigration reform? Could be, maybe. A budget reconciliation bill had been what appeared to be the last hope.
CNN reports that Senate Democrats likely will not be able to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill after a Senate parliamentarian ruling last night.
I am deeply disappointed in the Parliamentarian’s decision tonight, but the fight for immigration reform will continue. Senate Democrats have prepared an alternative proposal for the Parliamentarian’s consideration in the coming days.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) September 20, 2021