Another day, another loss for the Democrats. This time it was their failure to give 8 million illegal aliens a path to citizenship.
The Senate Parliamentarian ruled that it could not be included in a reconciliation bill because it granted a whole new set of benefits and reconciliation is only allowed for spending.
Democrats tried to convince the Parliamentarian that it was a spending issue since it would cost American taxpayers so much money but Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough rejected their argument.
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It doesn’t matter in the long run because the reconciliation bill is as dead as Biden’s gray matter. Both Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have said they will not support the bill. To pass the bill all 50 Democrats in the Senate would have to vote for it.
Both Manchin and Sinema refused to vote for the Democratic boondoggle that throws billions around and down a rat hole. I just hope Pelosi keeps her promise for once and refuses to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well.
The Senate parliamentarian on Sunday rejected Democrats’ push to include a pathway to legal status in their social spending plan, a blow to the party’s efforts to enact immigration reform.
In the decision, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, the parliamentarian determined that the Democrats’ proposal is “by any standard a broad, new immigration policy” and that the policy change “substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change.”
In their arguments before the Senate parliamentarian, a former immigration attorney, Democrats made the case that providing green cards to an estimated 8 million Dreamers, farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status recipients and essential workers during the pandemic had a budgetary impact because it would make more people eligible for certain federal benefits. That, in turn, would increase the deficit by more than $130 billion, according to Democratic estimates.
But the parliamentarian in her ruling stated that providing legal status through reconciliation would also lead to “other, life-changing federal, state and societal benefits.”
Providing permanent legal status “would give these persons freedom to work, freedom to travel, freedom to live openly in our society in any state in the nation, and to reunite with their families and it would make them eligible, in time, to apply for citizenship — things for which there is no federal fiscal equivalent.”
In addition, the parliamentarian rejected arguments from Democrats that there is a precedent for including immigration reform in reconciliation. Democrats frequently pointed to a 2005 GOP-led reconciliation bill that addressed a visa backlog.