EXTRA: Dreamers Left Behind

In an attempt to pass a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted budget bill, the US Senate, led by Chuckie Schumer and the Democrats were handed a stunning defeat on Sunday.

The Parliamentarian decided that attaching a rider to the bill that would allow Dreamers, farm workers, essential workers, and illegals with “temporary protected status” could not be used if the $3.5 trillion bill that’s working it’s way (slowly) through Congress should be passed through “reconciliation”. That means that the part of Biden’s plan to lump the DACA mess in with the budget mess won’t be happening. It has to be handled separately and needs 60 votes in order to pass the Senate, not 50.

The Senate is still up in the air as to whether or not they are even going to be able to pass the $3.5 trillion boondoggle because Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are still not going to vote for it. Both Manchin and Sinema had a meeting with Joe Biden at the White House this week, and both have stayed true to their convictions.

So if the budget bill is going to pass, it’s going to have to be done for a lot less than $3.5 trillion. Manchin has mentioned that he could go along with $1.5 trillion, but won’t go higher. That causes problems for Schumer as well because Bernie Sanders has said that if the bill is less than $3.5, HE won’t be voting for it.

Over in the House, Democrat leaders have conceded that they don’t think they have the votes to pass the bill as it stands right now. They’ve mentioned that they are looking at scaling back the number to maybe $2 or $2.5 trillion. That’s still a whopping big budget, but would mean that a lot of Biden’s plans for funding climate change legislation, and all of his social program wish lists, wouldn’t happen. The White House has come out over the weekend and said that they would indeed accept a smaller number than $3.5, which they are going to need to do.

It’s going to be a tough slog for the Dems in both houses of Congress because of the fact they have a LOT on their plates right now. As always seems to be the case, Congress waits until the last minute to pass critical legislation, has a hard time keeping the government open, and then usually uses “continuing resolutions” to buy extra time. But CR’s don’t help the Democrats and their free-spending ways. All CR’s do is continue spending at current levels. Nothing gets added to anyone’s budget.

When you look at the stuff they are dealing with in the next few days, they need to get a budget passed by September 30th (the last day of the fiscal year), and they still need to either cut spending drastically or increase the debt limit (which again, Joe Manchin and a few others have said they aren’t in favor of).

The Parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, who is chosen by the Majority Leader and is supposed to be non-partisan in their rulings, stated when making her announcement that if DACA were allowed to pass through reconciliation, future Senate’s could take away that citizenship with just a simple majority vote. That wouldn’t bode well for Democrats who could very well lose not only the House, but the Senate as well in next year’s midterm elections.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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