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GOP Plans to Deploy Obscure Rule as Weapon Against Spending Bill

  • Senate Democrats must tread a narrow path to ensure passage
  • Republicans are likely to challenge provision on drug prices
Robert Byrd in 2010.
Robert Byrd in 2010.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republicans are using an obscure rule named for the Senate’s longest-serving member to challenge provisions of the Democrats’ surprise tax, health and climate deal in the hopes of whittling down the legislation.

They’re  planning to challenge many of the provisions in the 725-page, $433 billion bill using the so-called Byrd Rule, which sharply limits the ability to pass legislation with a simple majority, a process known as reconciliation.