Parliamentarian Again Pans Budget Bill's Immigration Plan

By Dave Simpson (December 16, 2021, 11:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate parliamentarian rejected for a third time Democrats' immigration proposal in the Build Back Better Act, saying in a guidance Thursday that it is "not much different in its effect" than past proposals.

Elizabeth MacDonough, who holds the unelected, advisory role, said that the immigration protections proposed by Democrats would be subject to a point of order.

"These are substantial policy changes with lasting effects just like those we previously considered and outweigh the budgetary impact," she said.

The latest version of the major budget bill does not include a pathway to permanent legal status for undocumented immigrants, instead...

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