Senate rules allow votes on amendments
What we saw unfold in the Senate budget vote-a-rama just before the Easter recess is important in evaluating competing claims about the reason for dysfunction in the Senate.
Democratic leaders push an aggressive narrative that all the blame goes to Republican obstructionism and abuse of the filibuster, but those who adhere to this partisan account cannot use it to explain why the Democrat-controlled Senate hadn’t passed a budget resolution since 2009.
Unique rules govern consideration of a budget resolution. There’s fixed time for debate. It can’t be filibustered. It can be passed in relatively short order with a simple majority.
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