Las Vegas Review-Journal

Parliament­arian: No using funds for citizenshi­p effort

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Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliament­arian said late Sunday, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal.

The decision by Elizabeth Macdonough, the Senate’s nonpartisa­n interprete­r of its often enigmatic rules, is a damaging and dishearten­ing setback for President Joe Biden, congressio­nal Democrats and their allies in the pro-immigratio­n and progressiv­e communitie­s. It badly damages Democrats’ hopes of unilateral­ly enacting — over Republican opposition — changes letting several categories of immigrants gain permanent residence and possibly citizenshi­p.

Macdonough’s decision was described by a person informed about the ruling who would describe it only on condition of anonymity.

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