September 26, 2023

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promotes the Senate Democrats’ legislative achievements when he holds a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 25, 2021.

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Democrats may just have gotten a boost in getting their agenda through Congress.

Senate MP told Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer that the chamber could use the budget vote an additional time to pass a law by simple majority, a spokesman for the New York Democrats said Monday. The ruling would give Democrats, who control a 50:50 split in the Senate by the party, three attempts to pass laws without Republican votes before the 2022 midterm elections.

The Democrats have not decided whether to use the third attempt at reconciliation. “No decisions have been made on a legislative path” and “some parameters still need to be worked out,” but the opinion “is an important step forward,” said the Schumer spokesman.

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