Yesterday, the Senate Parliamentarian recommended that a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants should not be included in the budget reconciliation bill. Battle Born Collective Senior Advisor Tré Easton issued the following statement in response:
“Weak Democrats are about to douse the bulk of President Biden’s agenda in kerosene and set it on fire. The latest advisory guidance from the Senate Parliamentarian rejecting a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants is just the latest example of the absurdity of relying upon the reconciliation process to pass major priorities. Democrats have resigned themselves to this absurd process because of an intransigent minority of senators unwilling to admit what we all know is the truth: the filibuster has got to go.
“First it was a $15 minimum wage. Now it’s immigration reform. How many more long held promises will be sacrificed on the altar of a convoluted budgetary process that was established, in part, to circumvent the filibuster? This is no way to govern. Millions will undoubtedly suffer specifically because Senate Democrats are allowing one un-elected staff member to dictate the finer details of their agenda instead of wielding the power that voters gave them.
“We have been told repeatedly that the ‘votes aren’t there’ to reform the filibuster and make the Senate function like the framers intended. On top of that, a few weak House members, most of whom come from blue districts, are scuttling what few opportunities the reconciliation process allows. If Democrats stumble into 2022 with little to show for their unified control of government, they shouldn’t be surprised if the ‘votes aren’t there’ to sustain their Congressional majorities.”