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Democrats Trying to Sneak Amnesty Into Massive Budget Bill Using Reconciliation

Democrats Trying to Sneak Amnesty Into Massive Budget Bill Using Reconciliation

“Success is still far from certain: Democrats don’t know whether the measure can survive the Senate’s obscure budget rules that would allow the bill to pass without GOP support.”

Democrats know their time is limited. The 2022 midterms are fast-approaching, and Republicans are likely to recapture the House, the Senate, or both.

This is why Democrats are trying to cram as much as possible into every bill on the table. Their massive budget bill even includes amnesty for illegals.

Karen Townsend writes at Hot Air:

Durbin confirms: Democrats will put amnesty plan into infrastructure bill

What better time to push through amnesty for potentially millions of illegal immigrants than during the Biden border crisis? As tone-deaf as the plan is, that is exactly what Senate Democrats are planning to do in the $3.5T infrastructure bill. A decision has not been made on the numbers yet but Senator Dick Durbin, the Senate Democratic Whip, confirmed this week that it will happen. Democrats will try to push through immigration reform in the budget process.

With the news being reported today that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to bring a trial vote on infrastructure to the floor of the Senate by Wednesday of next week, this is an interesting turn of events. Add that to the ruling by the federal judge who determined that DACA is “an illegally implemented program”, and immigration reform has come to the forefront of political discourse once again.

In the past, it has been an issue that a bipartisan group gets together and comes up with a plan to move immigration reform through Congress but at the last minute it always falls apart and the issue gets kicked down the road. This plan will likely include those people designated as Dreamers, farmworkers, and possibly essential workers like those who worked as health care workers during the pandemic.

Democrats are going to try to do this through reconciliation, typically reserved for budget measures, without a single Republican vote.

Politico reports:

Democrats launch immigration reform Hail Mary

Exhausted by years of sputtering immigration talks with Republicans, Democrats plan to try their luck with the Senate’s byzantine rulebook instead.

Top Democrats, with the support of the White House, are planning to tuck a handful of immigration measures into their forthcoming $3.5 trillion spending bill. The tactic — which just months ago seemed like a long shot even to liberals — is now widely seen as President Joe Biden’s best shot at confronting one of Washington’s policy leviathans and delivering on a decades-long party promise…

Success is still far from certain: Democrats don’t know whether the measure can survive the Senate’s obscure budget rules that would allow the bill to pass without GOP support. Democrats say they will go back and forth with the Senate parliamentarian, its nonpartisan rules referee, to push the breadth of immigration reform as far as it will go.

The parliamentarian vets whether provisions of a bill passed using the legislative power known as budget reconciliation can evade a GOP filibuster and pass with a simple majority. While immigration provisions have survived past parliamentary scrutiny, they did so while commanding significant bipartisan support. This will be different, with a strong partisan challenge from Senate Republicans.

It’s not supposed to work this way, and Democrats know it, but as I mentioned, they’re in a mad dash to pass as much of their agenda as possible before Republicans can retake the House or the Senate.


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2smartforlibs | July 18, 2021 at 10:05 am

They know they are running out of time to crush America. Look at all the positions they have taken minimum wage ( job killer) more welfare( taking the dignity of work) crushing inflation ( your retirement is worthless now than under Trump) flooding the borders ( removing any chance low skilled will ever enter the workforce) Whats compassionate about any of that?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 18, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Hopefully, enough Dems and independents will recognize how the party has screwed them over, and we will see a Republican sweep in 2022 followed by another in 2024, which will include Trump returning.

    Then we can use everything to make them really sorry.

No way.
This sneaky move will be opposed by who still believe in America.

Democrats know their time is limited. The 2022 midterms are fast-approaching, and Republicans are likely to recapture the House, the Senate, or both. This is why Democrats are trying to cram as much as possible into every bill on the table. Their massive budget bill even includes amnesty for illegals.

I disagree. The Communists have always governed this way regardless of how large (or small) their majorities are. By contrast, Republicans have turned Reaching Across the Aisles into an Olympic sport that requires more flexibility and agility than gymnastics. That is why Republicans usually accomplish very little even when they are in power.

    @ Recovering – are you trying to say that Dems trying to use reconciliation to push through an unpopular measure is somehow the Republican’s fault ?

      What did Republicans accomplish when they had the White House and Congress? Did they repeal Obamacare like they promised for years? Cut spend (not merely limit the increase)? Expel illegal aliens? Require showing an ID when voting? National reciprocity of conceal carry licenses? Clean out the FBI, NSA, IRS and other organs of the Deep State? Build the ENTIRE border wall and not just a fraction of it?

        It’s a fair point the Trump administration did practically nothing. Indeed his biggest achievement was probably related to the amount of golf he played. I’m sure he improved his gold swing with the amount he was playing.

          UserP in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 11:40 am

          A typical post by mark311. No facts. No substance. Just a blatant attempt to provoke controversy and hijack the thread and make everything about him. All he thinks about all day long is Trump, Trump, Trump. And more Trump. Tosser!

          UserP in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 11:50 am

          Just a reminder mark311. Please see that you don’t urinate and defecate on the floor, carpets, furniture when you come here,

          MarkS in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 11:52 am

          Trump did what he could via executive order, but he really screwed up by appointing Barr to be AG

          FOAF in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 1:50 pm

          marky mark trolling for the ramen, it keeps him from having to peddle his backside at freeway off-ramps

          Milhouse in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 4:50 pm

          Mark, Trump was not in congress, and had no control over the congressional republicans. What they did or failed to do, and why, and what they could have done differently, has nothing to do with Trump.

          nordic_prince in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 4:52 pm

          You’re confused – it was Barry who spent his entire administration playing golf.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 5:08 pm

          Where golf is concerned, Obama comes to mind, Michelle Obama built a fashion business on the presidency, her face and backside looks like a cow, no matter what she hangs on herself, she is still one ugly woman.. I have seen people whose faces look like animals, Cows and pigs seem to be most common. Having raised a newborn pig in high school, by best friend parents bred pigs and a litter was too big, I learned that pigs are very smart, that is not the case for cows, So Michelle Obama cow like appearance is apt.

          As to productivity, Trump worked very hard, Trump and his wife have character. No unseemly expensive trips, fit for a king, at taxpayer expense.

          mark311 in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 6:40 pm

          Here’s a fact for you UserP Trump visited a gold course on 285 days during his time as President.

          Learn to read UserP I regularly provide logical reasoning and facts to support my statements.. If anything its you that’s guilty of providing unsubstantiated rubbish when posting.

          He was the President, ultimately he was in charge and should have been pushing the agenda he wanted. He failed at that.

          @Nordic Prince
          For comparison its thought that Obama had 105 rounds of gold during his first term vs 800 rounds for Trump during 1 term.

          mark311 in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 7:40 pm

          @justice Delivered

          “As to productivity, Trump worked very hard”
          Playing golf, watching TV, pushing policy Oh wait no scrap that last one

          The only point is on your head.

          Milhouse in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm

          No, Mark, the president is not in charge of congress. Not even a tiny bit. He has no control whatsoever on the congress; he doesn’t even get a vote.

          Ben Kent in reply to mark311. | July 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm

          Trump severely criticized Obama for playing gold so much and then went and played as much or more. It is certainly fair to raise this point.

          mark311 in reply to mark311. | July 20, 2021 at 6:03 am


          He is still President and supposedly a leader of the nation and the de facto leader of the Republican Party. The most powerful man in the world and your argument is that he cant get his own team to do anything. That’s the most ridiculous argument I’ve ever heard.

          @Fine report
          Yeah great argument for someone who keeps claiming I don’t cite facts you don’t seem to provide any evidence to the contrary. Since that’s your consistent claim why not prove that I’m wrong

          @Ben Kent
          Good point

      Whitewall in reply to Ben Kent. | July 18, 2021 at 11:40 am

      When the Dems and their media get finished with it…yes, it will be made to be R’s fault.

    Close The Fed in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | July 18, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Too true. The spineless grifters known as GOPe.

    Honestly, the neverending battle over immigration exhausts me. Since Reagan promised us in ’85 or ’86 we would do it ONE time, and NEVER again.

    So much for GOPe promises. They can’t keep them.

    Republicans aren’t that eager to reach across the aisle. They are mostly terrified of media and media’s impact on getting reelected. Appearing to reach and occasionally getting some success only gets them a few words of good press in a hail storm of bad press. Dems NOT reaching gets even more good press for them. “Obstructionist” GOPers get hammered. Dems realized this during the Trump admin and blocked any efforts. The Romney’s of the party will do anything to avoid bad press, so even Dems now own the “reach across the aisle” game.

      The infrastructure bill has only gotten this far because of Republicans reaching across the aisle. The problem for the past 6 months has been that Biden says one thing and his staff does the opposite, so even if the GOP is negotiating in good faith the other side can’t be trusted.

      I agree with you, though, that the Democrats definitely get away with obstruction while if the GOP did the same things they’d be raked over the coals.

    Dems and Reps view use of power differently. R’s and especially Conservatives are going to have to stop being conservative when they next confront the now ‘outed’ Dems for the Commies they are.

    “Republicans have turned Reaching Across the Aisles into an Olympic sport…”

    As we’ve discovered, it’s not a sport. It’s a business: GOPe business. They do it for money.

      artichoke in reply to | July 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      Now SCOTUS justices seem to do the same thing. Bitcoins make it very easy! It’s the only explanation that makes sense to me for certain recent rulings, starting with dismissal of Texas v. Pennsylvania.

IMO, the kitchen sink approach the d/progressive are taking here is evidence that even they realize it isn’t going to pass.

It’s theater. They can tell their base they tried but mean old Mitch McConnell and the racist r blocked it. Which equals fundraising dollars and sympathetic media.

It also works to pressure Sinema and Manchin among other Senators, to support passage by any means or be subjected to ostracism and hectoring from the National d/progressive base. Hell, it might even work and they pass it. Not likely but possible.

That’s my take for what it’s worth.

    Ironically, you know who is the big reason the Dems are having to find out how far the parliamentarian will let them go on this? Robert C. Byrd. The Byrd Rule, which can be waived with 60 votes, says no legislating on an appropriations bill, so they have to write the language in such a way that in the parliamentarian’s eyes the Byrd Rule won’t be violated.

They are determined to crash the country by any means, either by budget or illegal immigration

    Ben Kent in reply to Skip. | July 18, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Since the Dems consistently project – I have been thinking about General Milley’s “Reichstag moment” quote. Dems are masters at finding or manufacturing pretext for constructing the narratives they want to portray.

    I believe they are taking some actions to trigger some conservatives to make a mistake. A rash and impulsive act of resistance to the Orwellian Marxism that they are pushing. It might be a militia group that takes control of a portion of a city to create a “Marxist free zone” Like what we say Antifa do in Seattle last year.

    Dems will use such a thing to crack down on a wide range of civil liberties. Perhaps declare martial law. Purging the troops – as was done earlier this year – is a crucial first step in such a domestic operation. It was a bit telling when Biden took the Oath of Office and he said the words “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND domestic” with a clear emphasis on the “AND”.



This liberal communist bill stands no chance in the Senate to pass!

Sneak? LOL.

They don’t sneak anything in. The ‘sneak’ narrative is cover for the GOPe and RINOs who silently either support or do not care about what the Dems are doing.

‘They snuck it in us, those dastardly Dems!’ — GOPe and RINOs.

After which they will proceed to make more deals with the Dems. Who will then ‘sneak’ something else in.

Rinse, repeat.

In a reconciliation bill?! No, the parliamentarian won’t allow it. Reconciliation bills can only contain measures that are primarily about the budget. Any measure that can be left out without substantially affecting the budget can’t be included. And Manchin and Sinema won’t vote to override that.

    artichoke in reply to Milhouse. | July 18, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    We’ve been lucky so far with the Senate parliamentarian.

    I don’t know if the Senate has the same rules, but the House majority can replace its parliamentarian with a Member. That’s how on a Sunday we had Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. as the reliable Parliamentarian who stopped all the Republican objections, very good objections, and allowed Obamacare to pass.


If they can include amnesty, they’ll also include HR1.

They’re swinging for the fences. And they must feel very safe doing it, with all that barbed wire around the Capitol and the expectation that anyone raising a fuss there will be thrown into a dungeon and the key lost.

the legislative power known as budget reconciliation
And where is this ‘power’ enumerated? Article I, section 7 says,
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate.
If the Senate does not pass it (that is, vote on it in whole), then it isn’t a valid law. Oh, I know there’s some circumlocution about “they already passed it”, but they did NOT. The reconciliation bill is NOT the same one the Senate passed (or the House, if it goes that way).

Change my mind.