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Jul 14 2021
On Tuesday night, Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee agreed to a budget reconciliation bill of $3.5 trillion. The bill would include an expansion of Medicare, climate change initiatives, and funding for racial justice programs.
Whether everything in the bill adheres to rules governing the reconciliation process remains to be seen as more details emerge. Senate Majority LeaderReuters Politico Washington Times
Sep 30 2021
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin doubled down Thursday on a $1.5 trillion maximum for Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill, which was previously expected to spend $3.5 trillion over the next ten years. Manchin called the $3.5 trillion figure “fiscal insanity” in a Wednesday statement, arguing that “we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare.” OnForbes CNN (Online News) Washington Examiner
Feb 26 2021
Democrats cannot use budget reconciliation to pass a $15 minimum wage as part of their $1.9 trillion stimulus package, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday. Without budget reconciliation, efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 would be unlikely to reach the 60-vote threshold required to overcome a Republican filibuster. While the move drew criticism from progressivesRoll Call CNN (Online News) Washington Examiner
Feb 03 2021
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday that he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had agreed to an organizing resolution, which is widely expected to give half of committee seats to Democrats under a 2001 precedent. A day earlier, Senate Democrats passed a resolution starting the budget reconciliation process for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill afterNew York Times (News) Wall Street Journal (News) National Review
Nov 02 2021
It's time to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and "quit playing games," Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told a news conference on Monday.
The senator -- one of two Democrats so far refusing to pass the larger "human” infrastructure/reconciliation bill – said he’s “worked in good faith for months with all of my colleagues to find a middle ground” on the reconciliation legislation – “CNSNews.com
Jul 14 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden's drive for big new infrastructure investment got a boost on Tuesday when leading Senate Democrats agreed on a $3.5 trillion investment plan they aim to include in a budget resolution to be debated soon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
"We have come to an agreement," Schumer told reporters after more than two hours of closed-door talks that includedReuters
Jan 25 2021
Democrats can pass a big bill through the Senate without any Republican votes. Here’s how.
If President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress want to get anything done, they will likely depend on an obscure but powerful procedural tool.
This tool is called “budget reconciliation,” and it’s something you’re bound to hear a lot about in the coming weeks. This complicated SenateVox
Jan 28 2021
Congressional Democrats are preparing to move forward with a procedure that will allow them to pass coronavirus relief legislation without any Republican votes, in the event that lawmakers are unable to craft a bipartisan deal on a new round of federal aid.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that the House will bring a budget resolution to the floor next week, the first step inCBS News (Online)
Oct 12 2021
Senate Democrats left for their weeklong recess on Friday in a dour mood.
After weeks of negotiations, the majority of the Democratic caucus remains in a standoff with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) over just how much to invest in President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Democrats’ hopes of passing major legislation before the midterm elections rest on theirHuffPost
Mar 08 2021
On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that the next piece of budget reconciliation legislation will deal with “structural problems,” such as “how we can create millions of good-paying jobs, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, and transforming our energy system to protect us from climate change.”
Sanders stated, “[O]Breitbart News