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Why Democrats are right to use reconciliation for Covid relief package

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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On his path to the Oval Office, President Joe Biden commendably ran on “restoring the soul” of America, and repeatedly stressed a desire to work across the aisle. So why, some critics question, are he and Democrats in Congress using arcane budget rules to move their own, $1.9 trillion American Rescue Package?

To assess whether that’s a fair question, it’s important to understand what the budget reconciliation process is, what it isn’t, and why at this particular moment it may be necessary.

First, we need to…



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