Spending $3.5 trillion on a price range invoice apparently doesn’t fulfill the progressive crucial. Democrats management the 50-50 Senate thanks solely to the Vice President as tiebreaker, and so they lack the votes to nuke the filibuster. However, they insist that their mammoth price range invoice should additionally embrace massive coverage modifications, even when it takes bending Senate guidelines past recognition.
On Friday the Senate’s parliamentarian heard arguments from either side on how a lot a reconciliation invoice can rewrite immigration regulation. Democrats need to give inexperienced playing cards to as many as eight million individuals. Legalizing the so-called Dreamers who got here right here as kids is a good suggestion on the deserves, however is it a price range merchandise? The apparent reply isn’t any, and everyone is aware of it. Legalizing eight million individuals would have budgetary results, however revenues and outlays are clearly irrelevant.