The Senate parliamentarian ruled Wednesday that the $2.2 trillion Biden “March to Socialism” proposal can be passed by a simple majority of the Senate, without the support of a single Republican.
Normally, only one spending bill a year can be passed under “reconciliation” rules, which allow senators to avoid a filibuster, which requires 60 votes to break.
But Schumer got to work and found a way to convince the Senate parliamentarian to rule that, on a technicality, they could run a second bill under reconciliation rules.
So forget about it, it’s passed. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will demand a few changes so he can tell his conservative voters that he did something. But in the end, he is not going to get in front of this train.
So they’ll get 50 Democratic votes and Vice President Harris will happily cast the tiebreaker.