Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a press release Sunday vowed to take up “alternate proposals” after the Senate parliamentarian said including immigration reform in the $3.5 trillion spending bill doesn’t comply with the rules.
“We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues,” Schumer said. “Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals and will be holding additional meetings with the Senate parliamentarian in the coming days.”
Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate parliamentarian, wrote Sunday that “the policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation,” reports The Hill.
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