January 28, 2022

Manchin says he won’t defy Senate parliamentarian on immigration

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’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.

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.

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