Dems urge Senate to add pathway to citizenship

More than 90 House Democrats led by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D‑NY) have urged their Senate colleagues to include a pathway to citizenship in President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion social spending bill — and ignore two rulings by the Senate’s parliamentarian in the process.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY), Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D‑Ill.) and Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy (D‑Vt.), the House lawmakers insisted that “when Congress promises ‘immigration reform,’ as it has done throughout the negotiation process, our party must fully deliver on that promise.”

“We cannot let an unelected advisor determine which promises we fulfill and which we do not, especially when the vast majority of Americans — in both parties — want us to provide a pathway to citizenship,” the representatives added. 

Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has twice rejected immigration reform language that Democrats have sought to insert in the multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better Act. 

In September, MacDonough denied a provision that wou …

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