Late Sunday night brought news that the radical Democrats $3.5 trillion social-spending plan just got a little less radical. The Senate parliamentarian told Democrats that giving illegal aliens a fast-track pathway to citizenship cannot be included in the legislation.
Chad Pergram, a Fox News congressional correspondent confirmed the report stating that Elizabeth MacDonough, a Senate Parliamentarian ruled that Democrats could not include “immigration provisions” inside of their planned $3.5 trillion spending spree.
The Democrats are attempting one of the largest spending plans in world history using a loophole known as “reconciliation” which allows them to dodge the filibuster and pass fiscal legislation with a 50-vote threshold. Crucially, they can only do this if they stick to the goalposts of fiscal policy, and adding immigration legislation to the bill was considered too partisan to maintain their present course.
The loss of Democrats immigration reform portion of the bill is a major blow to the party, as many leftists were already dissatisfied with the spending, thinking it too little. The original inclusion of immigration reform was a measure meant to mollify more radical progressives.
In MacDonough’s decision, it was mentioned that the clearly partisan immigration reform attempt inside of a supposed ‘reconciliation’ bill provided “further evidence” that the bill was pocked with “policy changes… not appropriate for… reconciliation.”
On Sunday afternoon, Democrats already faced bad news as moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (WV) declared that voting on such a pricey bill and one-sided wish list should be delayed until 2022 at earliest.
In doing this, Manchin severely upset the plans of top Democrats Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who were pressing hard for a vote on the spending plan this month. Furthermore, because Pelosi is unwilling to let through the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill without her party’s $3.5 trillion social spending bill, that will get tanked as well.
Manchin’s failure to toe the party line put Democrat President Joe Biden in a fury earlier this year, with the president swearing “you’re really f***** me” over the spending plan.
Manchin is not alone, with Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) also playing the role of swing-vote against the legislation. The Senate is split 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris providing an extra deciding vote for to pass the reconciliation’s needed threshold. Without Manchin or Sinema, there is no spending resolution, and almost $5 trillion in total will be saved from expenditure.
Author: Leonard Moss