Tag: Senate Rules

Has Snidely Whiplash Schumer Been Foiled Again?

 

As previously discussed, Senate Democrats, with their slim tie-breaking vote majority, have been trying to find a way to pass an aggressive agenda. It includes not just an expansive $2 trillion American Jobs Plan “infrastructure” spending package – very broadly defined – but a massive tax increase to pay for much of it.

The Senate’s 1974 budget rules provide the only way a majority party can pass legislation by a simple majority (51 votes, if everyone shows up, including the Vice President). But it has fit within the context of a federal budget – spending and taxes – with further “Byrd rule” prohibitions against “extraneous” items, increasing the deficit beyond a certain point and touching Social Security.

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I am always grateful to my friend Chris Stigall for appearing on his terrific podcast to talk about the Senate’s “filibuster” rule – requiring a supermajority of 60 votes to “end debate” on issues – and why you should be paying careful attention to it. Here’s the thing – Senate Democrats are globbing onto comments […]

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