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Bernie Sanders will control the process of “reconciliation” in a divided Senate.
A little-known story in Washington is that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has just become the most powerful guy in town. With the Senate split 50-50 and Democrats in charge, their most conservative member could find themselves in the position of playing Solomon on key legislative points.
But a tightly divided Senate also raises the importance of another figure: Senator Bernie Sanders. This is because, as chairman of the chamber budget committee, he controls the process of “reconciliation”, by which certain types of laws can be passed by simple majority and cannot be obstructed. .
As the new head of the budget committee, Sanders will be able to exercise major influence over a range of domestic policy measures. At the top of that list, another economic stimulus package will pass, and Sanders has expressed plans to ask for an additional $ 1,400 in stimulus payments for Americans who recently received federal checks for $ 600.
“I think the crisis is enormously serious and we need to act as quickly as possible,” Sanders said. Alan rappeport and Jim tankersley for a new article.
“Underline the word aggressive,” he says. “Start there.”
In polarized political times, the process of reconciliation has become increasingly popular when trying to pass major legislation. Congress used it to pass tax cuts under Trump and President George W. Bush, and to pass the final version of President Barack Obama’s health care bill.
Joe Biden praised Sanders’ contribution as he crafted his platform ahead of the general election, but ultimately did not offer the senator a place in his cabinet, as many on the left urged him to. make.
Biden said last week he had considered Sanders for the job of Secretary of Labor, but decided to keep him in the Senate so Democrats could be assured they would retain their majority.
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