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Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push

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Posted at 8:33 PM, Sep 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-19 20:33:10-04

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's nonpartisan parliamentarian says Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens.

That's according to a person informed about the decision who would only speak on condition of anonymity.

The decision by the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, deals a blow to what was Democrats' clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal.

And it's a disheartening setback for President Joe Biden, congressional Democrats and their allies in the pro-immigration and progressive communities.