Democrats in Congress are working on a $3.5 trillion spending package full of left-wing agenda items that they intend to push through over GOP objections on a party-line vote using a procedure known as budget reconciliation.
Likely included in that grab-bag of Democratic goals is amnesty for millions of undocumented migrants — and President Joe Biden just signaled his approval for the highly partisan gamesmanship by his Democrat comrades on the Hill, Breitbart reports.
Using the limited budget reconciliation procedure, which only requires a bare majority to pass a bill, has been viewed by many on the left as perhaps the only opportunity for Biden and Democrats to check major items off their agenda, particularly in light of the narrowly divided Congress and the likelihood that Republicans will regain control of one or both chambers in the 2022 midterms.
Biden backs Dem amnesty gambit
As he was preparing to leave the White House to visit the first lady in the hospital following her recent foot surgery, President Biden briefly stopped to speak with reporters prior to boarding Marine One.
There, he was asked how a meeting had gone earlier in the day with Democratic lawmakers on the topic of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “It went very well,” he said, according to a White House transcript.
“What I think we sh– — I think we should include in the reconciliation bill the immigration proposal. My staff is putting out a message right now,” the president added.
White House confirms
It is unclear exactly what “message” from his staff that Biden was referring to, but the White House did provide a readout of the meeting, which featured several Democratic lawmakers along with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“President Biden and Vice President Harris expressed their strong support for including immigration reform in upcoming reconciliation legislation to enable Dreamers, (Temporary Protected Status) recipients, farmworkers, and essential workers to gain long-awaited pathways to citizenship,” the statement read.
In other words, amnesty for several millions of illegal immigrants residing and working in the U.S. is very much on the president’s wishlist.
Ball in parliamentarian’s court
Of course, all of the discussion of amnesty and other immigration reforms being included in a so-called budget reconciliation bill could be moot if the Senate Parliamentarian, who has the final say on what can and can’t be included in a particular bill, rules against Democratic plans on this issue.
There is actually a better than zero chance that will occur, as the parliamentarian has indicated previously that the rules regarding budget reconciliation measures clearly stipulate that anything included in such a bill must be directly related to the federal budget, either by way of tax revenues or expenditures.
It remains to be seen how or even if Democrats will be capable of framing amnesty for illegal immigrants as a budgetary matter, but assuming they are capable of doing so, Biden has already expressed his willingness to sign off on it.