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Dems Overruled: Senate Parliamentarian Rules Citizenship Path For Illegals Can’t Be In $3.5 Trillion Bill

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The Senate parliamentarian has delivered a crushing blow to Democrats by ruling that they can’t use their $3.5 trillion package to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.

The decision by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan interpreter of its rules, shut the door on Democrats’ plans to essentially offer mass amnesty to illegal aliens.

Late on Sunday evening, Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller tweeted the news.

Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram also confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: “A preliminary ruling from Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, obtained by Fox, would bar Democrats from adding immigration provisions to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.”

“Democrats did not have firm legislative text nor a total price tag for the bill. So it’s hard to see how there is an absolute ruling on this,” Pergram said. “But, budget reconciliation bills, which Democrats were using to avoid a filibuster, must be strictly fiscal in nature and can’t add to the deficit. It was believed that this push to add immigration to the bill was too policy-driven.”

“This is a blow to Democrats and progressives who pushed to add immigration provisions to the bill. This will cause problems if Democrats have to slash the total size of the legislation to mollify moderate Democrats,” Pergram continued. “It was thought that lopping immigration provisions into the bill could help placate liberals if Democrats have to trim the size of the legislation.”

Pergram added that the key part from MacDonough’s decision was that including immigration as part of reconciliation “is further evidence that the policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation.”

Joe Biden pressured Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to sign off on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus legislation earlier this year after the West Virginia moderate signaled his opposition to it.

According to a new book by Washington Post vets Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Biden called Manchin on March 5 to press him into supporting the spending bill, which was on the eve of the Senate’s vote, asking him to join the rest of his fellow Democrats in the evenly-divided upper chamber.

If you don’t come along, you’re really f**king me,” the president allegedly told Manchin, according to details of the book, “Peril,” published by The Washington Post.

Manchin had expressed a reluctance to sign on to the legislation because of its high cost after Congress had already passed trillions in coronavirus relief in previous sessions.

“On the day of the alleged phone call, Manchin compromised with his fellow Senate Democrats over a disagreement involving an unemployment benefits proposal included in the package,” the Daily Caller reported.

“Democrats supported funding $400 of weekly unemployment benefits, while the West Virginia senator supported a proposal offered by Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, that would have only included $300 benefits through July 18,” the outlet continued.

The exchange is important because it may foreshadow what is to come: The House has already passed a gargantuan $3 trillion spending measure and it is now up to $3.5 trillion and sitting on Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s docket.

But Manchin has already told the New York Democrat he’s not on board with spending trillions more.

Manchin “said Sunday that he will not vote in favor of his party’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, which is a central part of Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and needs the support of all 50 Democratic senators to pass.”





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