Manchin Rejects Budget Reconciliation Process in InterviewEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

In a Sept. 13 interview, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) rejected the reconciliation process being used to advance Democrats’ expansive $3.5 trillion budget bill. Under the budget reconciliation process, created in the 1970s, certain bills related to federal revenue and spending can be passed through the Senate with only a simple majority. This move allows these bills, whose contents must be approved by the Senate parliamentarian, to avoid death by filibuster in the Senate, giving the majority party the upper hand. Though initially created by Congress as a way to take back budget power from alleged executive overreach by President Richard Nixon, the scope of the budget reconciliation process has since been expanded dramatically, being used to pass some of the most controversial bills during the 2010s. For example, Democrats used budget reconciliation to pass the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare.” The bill passed without any Republican support, and repealing the legislation …Read More

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