Published On: Mon, Sep 20th, 2021

Budget Provision by Democrats to Grant Amnesty to 8 Million Illegal Immigrants Blocked

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Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on Sept. 19 ruled that Democrats can’t include a provision aimed to give millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship in their $3.5 trillion spending measure. MacDonough in her guidance said that the Democrats’ provision is “by any standard a broad, new immigration policy,” and that it doesn’t meet the stringent requirements of what can be included in the budget resolution. “The policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation,” she wrote, referring to a parliamentary procedure that allows certain budget bills to pass through the deliberative upper chamber with only a simple majority, bypassing a likely filibuster by opponents. First used by Congress in 1980, the process allows for expedited consideration of certain tax, spending, and debt-limit legislation. Ultimately, what’s allowed under this process is up to MacDonough, whose job it is …

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