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Manchin deals major blow to Democratic efforts to include amnesty for illegal immigrants in spending bill

Sen. Joe Manchin speaks to Fox News on impact of Tuesday’s elections on Biden agenda Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday appeared to deal a potentially fatal blow to Democrats’ efforts to include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in the Democratic reconciliation – ruling out bypassing the Senate parliamentarian or passing amnesty without border security measures.

Democrats are currently walking a legislative tightrope as they seek to pass an enormous spending package via both a slim majority in the House and a budget reconciliation process in the Senate to avoid a Republican filibuster.

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In the Senate, Democrats will need every one of their 50 senators to vote for the package – including Manchin, who has been skeptical of a number of elements of the broad package and has called on his colleagues to take more time on it.

"Take a breath, let’s look at this." he told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Wednesday. "We’re talking about major tax overhaul reform. We’re talking about changing our energy policies. We’re talking about a whole social rearrangement. We’re talking about $29 trillion of debt. So we better get our hands around it and be responsible.

On immigration, the Senate parliamentarian has so far shot down two proposals to give pathways to citizenship or other legal protections to illegal immigrants already in the country — saying that it does not meet the criteria for a budget reconciliation bill. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the first of those plans would increase deficits by $500 billion by 2041. Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on Wednesday, Nov. 3 2021 about the recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey and the nationwide elections. The parliamentarian is currently considering a "Plan C" that involves a broad use of humanitarian parole, but some progressives Democrats have called on their colleagues to forge forward and bypass the parliamentarian completely if proposals keep getting shot down.

"I hope she will find her way to say yes this time, but we will not accept no as an answer at the end of the day," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, said last month.

"In denying any possible pathway to citizenship or lawful permanent residents status, the Parliamentarian, an unelected official, is denying the economic impact of such legislation and the tributes that millions of undocumented individuals have paid to this country," dozens of progressive House Democrats said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer last month.

"This is a critical moment for out nation’s history, and we strongly urge the Presiding Officer to use their authority to disregard the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling," they wrote.

But, Manchin shot down talk of overruling the parliamentarian when he spoke with Fox News – opposition that would torpedo any effort to bypass the official.

"I’m not going to vote to overrule the parliamentarian," he said.

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