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Senate Parliamentarian

  1. budget reconciliation
    Democrats Get One More Big Bill This Year That Cannot Be FilibusteredThe Senate Parliamentarian agrees with Schumer’s multiple-reconciliation-bill theory, which could make Republican obstruction irrelevant.
  2. covid-19 stimulus
    Senate Likely to Vote on COVID-19 Stimulus Package This WeekendDemocrats are already accepting changes in the bill to preempt Republican amendments, and Sanders’s minimum wage bid has already been defeated.
  3. politics
    Give Biden a BreakThe left and the media have lost perspective. He’s soon going to sign an enormous, progressive stimulus bill and get his Cabinet confirmed.
  4. $15 minimum wage
    Democrats Can Still Get a $15 Minimum Wage Into the COVID-Relief BillThere are plenty of ways for Democrats to get a $15 minimum wage through the Senate. There just aren’t 50 Senate Democrats willing to do so.
  5. politics
    $15 Minimum Wage Is Dead for Now Thanks to One Unelected OfficialBiden must decide whether to change the rules or change the subject.
  6. politics
    Republican Senators Haven’t Represented a Majority of Voters Since 1996The anti-majoritarian nature of the Senate has helped Republicans block progress for many years.
  7. covid-19 stimulus
    House Prepares to Pass Biden’s COVID Relief Bill This WeekThe bill should easily clear this first hurdle, but there will probably be more drama in the Senate.
  8. budget reconciliation
    What Is Budget Reconciliation and Why Does It Matter for Biden’s Agenda?For 40 years, reconciliation has provided a way to bypass the Senate filibuster. It may be crucial for passing Biden’s stimulus plan.
  9. Can the Senate Push Aside the Saturday Deadline for Graham-Cassidy?We’ve all assumed the GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal faces a hard deadline. Not so fast.
  10. GOP House Members From New York Won’t Happily Vote for Graham-Cassidy BillIf Graham-Cassidy clears the Senate, House Republicans will be forced into a take-it-or-leave-it situation, and some may really want to leave it.
  11. The GOP Is Throwing a Hail Mary on Obamacare RepealIt will require speed and stealth, cooperation from CBO, and a rubber-stamp House vote, but the Graham-Cassidy bill has a slim chance of becoming law.
  12. Why Nuking the Filibuster Could Be Part of a Debt-Limit DealWith conservatives now threatening to take must-pass legislation hostage, they could get together with Trump and permanently end Democratic leverage.
  13. What If McCain Had Said ‘Yes’ to the ‘Skinny Repeal’?If the climactic vote on the “skinny repeal” had gone the other way, the result would have probably been the same: GOP failure, with much time lost.
  14. Maybe There’s No Light at the End the Tunnel for the GOP Health Bill After AllAll the tactical brilliance that has kept unpopular and divisive GOP health care legislation alive disguises a fatal strategic blindness.
  15. Conservatives Just Lost Their Favorite Part of TrumpcareThe Senate parliamentarian ruled that the GOP can’t roll back Obamacare’s regulations without 60 votes. That makes “skinny repeal” more dangerous.
  16. A Look at the Procedural Madness of the Senate Health-Care DebateThe process is arcane; the outcome, unpredictable.
  17. Six Questions About the Senate Health-Care Bill As the Endgame ApproachesThe GOP is still struggling for votes to bring up health-care legislation. If that succeeds, the deal-making and rules-breaking will get serious.
  18. Here Is Where Things Stand With the Senate Health-Care BillMcConnell doesn’t have the votes to pass any version of it. But, in theory, he does have an incredibly narrow path to success.
  19. Despite Trump’s Demands, No Miraculous Health-Care Breakthrough for GOP SenatorsThe president seems to think more time and effort will overcome the divisions among Senate Republicans on health care. So far, no signs he’s right.
  20. Right-to-Life Lobby Has Trumpcare Demands — and Isn’t in Mood for CompromiseIf Mitch McConnell wants to pass a health-care bill, he must absolutely placate the anti-abortion movement.
  21. Frustrated Trump Again Suggests Senate Get Rid of the Legislative Filibuster“Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”
  22. House Passes Controversial GOP Health-Care Bill by an EyelashThere was no room for error, but a comeback led by Fred Upton enabled House Republicans to enact Trumpcare as Democrats sang “Good-bye!”
  23. Zombie Trumpcare Lurches Unsteadily OnwardThere are no indications the new bill will pass the House, much less the Senate. Yet Trump continues the push.
  24. How Republicans Could Nuke the Rules to Pass TrumpcareThis one weird trick involves an arcane interpretation of budget rules that would end the filibuster.