Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) released the following statement after voting against the House Democrats "budget" plan that will give the Democrat Majority a blank check to pass their agenda.
"Despite President Biden's rhetoric about unity and bipartisanship, it's clear that Democrats are intent on ramming through their far-left checklist. Instead of building off the bipartisan COVID relief packages passed and signed into law last year, and working across the aisle to provide targeted relief, Democrats have made it their mission to push a $2 trillion wish list with policies unrelated to the pandemic.
Today's vote is the first step that sets up a process to push through expensive, radical, partisan policies under the guise of COVID relief."
Reconciliation is a fast-track, budgetary tool used to implement policy changes into law. Legislation considered under reconciliation only requires 51 votes in the Senate for passage.
Triggered by Congress adopting a concurrent budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions.
Instructs authorizing committees to report legislation that meets specified targets. While reconciliation is often used for deficit reduction, it can also be used to increase spending or reduce revenues.
Although reconciliation is a powerful tool, it does have limits:
Can only be used to make changes to mandatory spending, revenue levels, and/or the debt limit.
A maximum of only three reconciliation bills are allowed for each fiscal year's budget resolution: one for mandatory spending, one for revenue, and one for the debt limit.
Limited by the Senate's Byrd Rule which prohibits "extraneous" provisions
*Information referenced above is from the House Budget Republicans
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