With The Biden Agenda Imperiled, It’s Time For Democrats To Break With Foolish Traditions
It is not as though they do not have the power to do so. Senate rules are not enshrined in the Constitution. Changing them requires a simple majority vote. The parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, is a staffer offering an opinion on Senate rules and precedents, which sometimes do not exist. She is not issuing orders from a judicial bench, nor is she the Oracle at Delphi reading the intention of the gods. Her opinions can be overruled, again, by a simple majority vote. And Biden’s Treasury Department has the legal authority to avert the debt ceiling all through its own legal authority.