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Her voice is rarely heard as lawmakers squabble on the Senate floor over complicated procedures, arcane rules, impeachment trials, and recently what was allowed in the coronavirus rescue package passed in March.
But Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is one of the most powerful attorneys in Washington. Although she’s seldom quoted and rarely photographed in public, she’s the quiet force who is already playing a pivotal role in President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Her decision on April 5 clearing the way for Democrats to move their infrastructure package through the budget reconciliation process was a major victory for Biden. It means Democrats could dodge a Republican filibuster and pass the bill with a simple 51-vote majority, including Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaker.
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But MacDonough’s decisions aren’t always favorable to the leading party. In February, she torpedoed Democrats’ plan to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour when her office ruled that they could not include that proposal in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that they subsequently passed. That decision meant Biden and Democrats had to punt their minimum …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics