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Senate Parliamentarian Rules Favorably on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

On Monday, the Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that Democrats could enact another reconciliation package such as President Biden’s recent $2.25 trillion infrastructure and tax proposal, which would bypass the 60-vote rule required to pass most legislation in the Senate.  However, this effort could be stymied if Sen. Manchin (D-WV) does not support raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% as President Biden proposed to pay for increased infrastructure spending. Sen. Manchin said he would be in favor of closing tax “loopholes” that benefit the wealthy and could support an increase in the corporate rate to 25%, which he said is the global average.