- "Speculations about the swift change of the Vice Presidents plans have been attributed to the Friday deadline
- that Congress must meet in order to pass a new spending package."
- ... A proposal is being pushed by some Senate Republicans that would seek to ensure that a House-passed bill could be passed intact by only a simple majority of senators.
How would that work?
Well, the vice president, of course, is the president of the Senate.
The thinking goes
- that if the Senate parliamentarian ruled that parts of the bill cant be folded into budget reconciliation, Vice President Mike Pence could simply overrule that.
- That alone, I think, would break the logjam, he told reporters Thursday.
This would be the executive branchs changing the rules of the upper legislative body.
Filibusters could be broken, perhaps in any circumstance, at the whim of the vice president.
In honor of a certain former veep, that would be a BFD.
In comment number 1 of The GOP Has a Nuclear Option ...
- ... "Under the Budget Act of 1974, which is what governs reconciliation, it is the presiding officer, the vice president of the United States, who rules what is permissible on reconciliation and what is not, Cruz said.
And that is a conversation I have been having with a number of my colleagues. ...