- Sep 25, 2001
The Senate’s parliamentarian ruled that Democrats’ plan to give 8 million immigrants a path to citizenship could not be achieved through the reconciliation process.
Tucked inside the massive $3.5T social policy bill was a way for an estimated 8 million undocumented immigrants to have citizenship.
Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate parliamentarian, who serves as the chamber’s arbiter of its own rules, wrote that the “policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation”
My understanding of the reconciliation process (ie: bypass a Repub filibuster) was only for budgetary items.
so sneaking in an immigration law wont work.