Saturday, October 23, 2021

House Democrats press Senate leaders to override parliamentarian on immigration

To this point, the Senate Parliamentarian had set back efforts (and here) to use the budget reconciliation process -- and its majority  rather than supermajority rules -- as a way to secure immigration reform.
Suzanne Monyak for Roll Call reports that progressive House Democrats again are calling for immigration reform to be included in a budget reconciliation package.  Reps. Lou Correa, D-Calif., Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Jesús “Chuy” García, D-Ill., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and 39 others called on Senate leaders to disregard Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s ruling that broad immigration relief does not belong in a reconciliation package.

MacDonough has rejected two attempts by Senate Democrats to establish a path to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants in their reconciliation bill. She has reasoned that the proposals do not comply with a rule requiring measures passed via reconciliation to have a primarily budgetary impact.

The full letter can be found here.


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