W&M Starts Reconciliation Mark-up

Earlier this week, the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means announced that it would begin marking up the budget resolution that House and Senate leadership hope to pass without Republican support. “Mark-up” is that point in the legislative process where the responsible committee determines which specific issues are added or removed from the legislation…

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Senate Readies Budget Bill, Adds PRO Act

One vehicle that may be used to replenish the RRF program is the $3.5 trillion budget bill, which Majority Leader Schumer plans to pass without republican support through the budget reconciliation process. The framework for that budget bill was unveiled last week in the Senate and it includes penalties on employers deemed to be interfering…

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over!

The late New York Yankee hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is credited with first uttering that now well-known phrase, but it seems Congressional democrats are scheming to take it to the next level. Despite a majority in the US Senate being opposed to a $15 federal minimum wage, and prior rulings by the Senate…

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A Rose by Any Other Name

Parliamentarian rulings be damned, Senate democrats are looking at different options to circumvent the ruling of the Senate Parliamentarian last week that a provision in the House-passed American Rescue Act of 2021 (Covid-19 relief bill) is ineligible for passage under budget reconciliation rules (which only require 50 democratic votes for passage rather than 60 votes…

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Senate Parliamentarian Spikes Minimum Wage

Last night, Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate Parliamentarian, ruled that a federal minimum wage increase would be ineligible under reconciliation rules, effectively killing it as a component of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. To be eligible for action in the US Senate via reconciliation under the so-called Byrd Rule (authored by and named for…

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