Senate Democrats keep trying to find a way to legalize millions of illegal aliens in the reconciliation bill, but Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough keeps shooting them down.
There are limits to what a party can put in a reconciliation bill that, at its most basic, is a budget bill. What can go into a reconciliation is governed by the “Byrd Rule,” named after former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd. The Byrd Rules makes anything “extraneous” that “doesn’t change the level of spending or revenues, or where the change in spending or revenues is ‘merely incidental’ to the provision’s non-budgetary effects,” according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The Democrats tried to insert a provision in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that would have changed the date of the “immigration registry.”
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