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Senate Parliamentarian Nixes Democrats’ Immigration Plan

  • Deportation shields can’t be in economic package, arbiter says
  • Some urging senators to bypass the decision in long-shot bid
The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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Democrats’ plan to use President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion economic package to alter U.S. immigration laws was rejected by the Senate parliamentarian for the third time, likely dealing the effort a knockout blow.

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough told lawmakers Thursday that a provision providing temporary deportation protections for some unauthorized immigrants doesn’t comply with strict Senate rules enabling the broader package to clear with only Democratic support. Those rules require each item in a so-called reconciliation bill to be largely budgetary in nature.