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Parliamentarian Rules against Dems
News Bytes 09/21/2021 24 Comments

Parliamentarians rule . . . literally. The U.S. Congress employs an individual as a parliamentarian to help manage meetings and advise on proper procedure. Now the Senate parliamentarian has declared that Democrats can’t squeeze immigrant citizenship into their Build Back Better Act.

The decision by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan (unbiased) rule interpreter, is a setback for President Joe Biden, congressional Democrats, and their allies in the pro-immigration community. MacDonough’s stance badly wounds their hopes of enacting sweeping immigration changes.

A provision is a statement within a law. It declares that something must be done before another thing can be done. Immigration provisions in the Build Back Better Act would allow several categories of immigrants to gain permanent residence and possibly citizenship. The immigration wording is included along with changes to health insurance, retirement funding, and education grants.

In a three-page memo to senators, MacDonough notes certain Senate rules. They say that provisions are not allowed in such bills if their budget effect is secondary to their overall impact.

What does that mean? MacDonough pointed out sweeping changes that Democrats want to make in immigration law. She says the language “is by any standard a broad, new immigration policy.” As such, she says the immigration policy change is the primary impact. So it does not belong in the huge $3.5 trillion budget measure.

Democrats were hoping immigration reform could go into the budget bill—which is safeguarded from GOP (Republican) filibusters. (A filibuster is a procedure that lets debate about a piece of legislation go on for an extended time. The intention of the filibuster is to delay or prevent a vote.) With filibusters in play, the immigration changes would have virtually no chance in the 50-50 Senate.

The MacDonough-rejected provisions would have opened multiyear doorways to legal permanent residence—and perhaps citizenship—for young immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who have fled countries stricken by natural disasters or extreme violence would also be included. So might farm workers and other essential workers.

Democrats and their pro-immigration allies say they will offer other approaches to MacDonough in hopes those would open a path for at least some immigrants.

“We are deeply disappointed in this decision. But the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat) says. “Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals and will be holding additional meetings with the Senate parliamentarian in the coming days.”

Democratic leaders will need virtually every vote in Congress from their party to approve the 10-year, $3.5 trillion bill that embodies Biden’s top domestic goals.

Republicans are already indicating they will use immigration as a top issue in next year’s campaigns for control of the House and Senate. The issue has gained attention in a year when huge numbers of immigrants have been encountered trying to cross the Southwest border.

“Democratic leaders refused to resist their progressive [extreme liberal] base and stand up for the rule of law, even though our border has never been less secure,” says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican). He says putting the provisions into a filibuster-protected budget measure was “inappropriate and I’m glad it failed.”

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. — Romans 13:1

(Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters as work continues on the Democrats’ massive legislation, a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s agenda, in Washington, D.C., on September 14, 2021. AP/Andrew Harnik)

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That is good that she stepped up and said "no" to the Democrats. I feel like sometimes people are almost scared to say no to them and stop them. But that is good. I hope there are more things that she can do that on.

Also

I think it would be very hard to be unbiased all the time, especially living in a place like that.

@ Riley

I agree completely

@ Riley

I agree completely

@Riley D

I definitely couldn't

@Riley D

Yeah, ya don't often see people who will tell the great big 4 year olds no-no. I can't blame 'em; after all, it's scary when they throw a tantrum! You think I want a screaming and spitting Pelosi at my door? Sheesh...

I'm here!!!

I'm here!!!

@Riley- I couldn't agree more

@Riley- I couldn't agree more.
@Hesperus- lol.... but true.

Interesting.

Interesting.

IM BACK!

@Riley D, i agree people don't want to stand up to the democrats. So they thing they can get away with what they want, even if it is not right.

@Hesperus D

Are you kidding? Republicans say no to 4 year olds all the time!
No you can't come into the country, no you can't get out of your cage, and no you will never see your parents again!

@Zack W

Your point is?
Those kids are illegal aliens, we can't just let them into the country scot-free.

Obama (and Biden) literally

Obama (and Biden) literally made those cages

@Zack

It is terrible that those kids have been separated from their parents, but that's not Republicans' faults. Every decent person would want those kids to be reunited with their family. It's a different story about who wants them in or out of the country.

@Zack W

The Republicans would love to let them come in - legally.

@Riley

Exactly

@Riley D

That's what I'm talking about!

@ Riley

I agree, Riley!

@ Riley

I agree

3 Rings for the Elven Lords

3 Rings for the Elven Lords under the sky,
7 for the Dwarf-Lords in their halls of stone,
9 for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies,
One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies.

you just tried it

you just tried it
6) you are smiling
7) you didnt realize i skipped the 4th number
8) you are checking
9) you didnt realize i skipped the two
10) you just got tricked cause there is a two

AE
@N A
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 12:33 | BY ASHER E
Probably Biden

AL
@Asher E
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 14:18 | BY ADDIE L
Now if only they'd make Mexicans follow the rules and let Cubans follow the rules...

MJ
Hmm Intresting
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 14:26 | BY MIRELA J
Hmm interesting...

HW
I think that
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 15:24 | BY HANNAH W
I think that
1- First, it's really sad that so many people have to flee their country.
2- As many people as possible who try to come in legally should be let in.
3- If someone try's to get in illegally they shouldn't be let in at all.

JM
@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 16:46 | BY JONATHAN M
@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!

PG
This really sucks, I wish we
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 19:53 | BY PHILLIP G
This really sucks, I wish we could let them all in but I know its not that simple.

SK
:)

you just tried it

you just tried it
6) you are smiling
7) you didnt realize i skipped the 4th number
8) you are checking
9) you didnt realize i skipped the two
10) you just got tricked cause there is a two

AE
@N A
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 12:33 | BY ASHER E
Probably Biden

AL
@Asher E
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 14:18 | BY ADDIE L
Now if only they'd make Mexicans follow the rules and let Cubans follow the rules...

MJ
Hmm Intresting
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 14:26 | BY MIRELA J
Hmm interesting...

HW
I think that
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 15:24 | BY HANNAH W
I think that
1- First, it's really sad that so many people have to flee their country.
2- As many people as possible who try to come in legally should be let in.
3- If someone try's to get in illegally they shouldn't be let in at all.

JM
@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 16:46 | BY JONATHAN M
@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!

PG
This really sucks, I wish we
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 19:53 | BY PHILLIP G
This really sucks, I wish we could let them all in but I know its not that simple.

SK
:)

@Jonathan M

Please stop pasting the same things over and over again. It's getting really obnoxious.

ill stop . . .

ill stop . . .

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