After the setback, Democrats vow to press ahead with immigration reform
However, Republicans argued that the proposals had no place in the Atonement Act.
“After decades of failing to implement their amnesty agenda, the Democrats attempted this latest, unprecedented move,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the leading Republican. “It was inappropriate and I’m glad it failed.”
Many immigration activists refused to accept defeat.
“It’s an important moment for our country,” said Kerri Talbot, deputy director of the Immigration Hub. “We tried to work with Republicans for many years, but they failed to get around the table.”
Activists urged supporters to join a march led by CASA and the Service Employees International Union on Tuesday, with stops outside Washington, DC, the headquarters of the Immigration and Customs Service and the Capitol, to try a path to citizenship for millions of people To demand undocumented migrants.
The MP is a little-known but crucial figure in the life of the Senate, largely determined by precedents and obscure rules that are open to interpretation. The item becomes particularly important in the context of reconciliation, which is to be limited to regulations that have a direct effect on the federal government’s expenditure or income.
As a non-partisan professional civil servant who has worked in Parliament’s Office since 1999, Ms. MacDonough has heard detailed arguments from both sides on the immigration proposal in closed sessions.
Ms. MacDonough’s decisions are purely advisory, but several Democratic senators have indicated that they would be reluctant to overrule them and it is not clear whether a majority would support it in order to get the immigration plan passed. She did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Mr Menendez declined requests for their removal, saying they were “not constructive”.
The budgetary cost of changes to immigration law – which affect health care benefits, Medicaid spending, and tax credits – exceeds $ 139 billion over 10 years, according to preliminary figures from the Congressional Budget Office. Democrats estimate that the legalization spurt would add $ 1.5 trillion to the US economy and create more than 400,000 jobs over the next decade.