Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joins advocates for Puerto Rico, which still suffers from the effects of Hurricane Maria in 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Schumer said it was “extremely disappointing” that the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian ruled Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
UPDATED 10:41 AM PT – Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling against the Democrat immigration agenda. On Monday, the senator said he was frustrated by the ruling, which confirmed a pathway to citizenship for immigrants cannot be in the reconciliation package.
Schumer said despite the decision, Democrats will continue to push “alternative proposals.” He also said he will be meeting with the parliamentarian soon to discuss the matter more closely.
“Last night’s ruling was extremely disappointing,” stated the the New York lawmaker. “It saddened me, it frustrated me, it angered me because so many lives are at stake. But make no mistake, the fight continues. Senate Democrats have prepared alternative proposals.”
In the meantime, Democrats such as congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are suggesting that Schumer ignore the ruling and put a pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation package anyway.
According to a White House spokesperson, Joe Biden also fully supports including the measure and “fully expects” our partners in the Senate to come back with alternative proposals for the Parliamentarian to consider.”