West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said on Wednesday that he would not defy the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling to remove immigration and other provisions from the Build Back Better spending bill.
Elizabeth MacDonough, who serves in the role, is expected to decide whether certain portions of the bill can legally remain, including a pivotal measure that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S.
#Manchin says he would oppose overturning the Senate parliamentarian’s decision if she rules that immigration or other provisions should fall from Democrats’ huge social and environment #bill..#Dems https://t.co/Tn7mRBBiZf
— Vas (@crypticvalentin) December 9, 2021
Manchin’s view is important as Democrats would need all 50 votes to move forward on the legislation if they seek to defy the parliamentarian’s rules.
“The bottom line is the parliamentarian, you stick with the parliamentarian, that’s all,” Manchin told reporters.
“You stick on every issue. You can’t pick and choose,” he added.
If Chair ignores the recommendation of Senate Parliamentarian and brings a reconciliation bill with provisions that she doesn’t agree with, Joe Manchin would says vote No on it, effectively bill being dead ?https://t.co/lS5a9AoWUy
— Hardik Jogi (@MrWiseCrack) December 1, 2021
The controversial bill will continue likely into the Christmas holiday and beyond as both parties push as long as possible for any advantage in the Senate.