The Hill notes the Republicans’ new plan to filibuster the theoretically filibuster-proof reconciliation bill by filing millions of amendments. (h/t Jonathan Chait).Â Then it describes the Democrats’ potential response asÂ “seek[ing] a ruling by the parliamentarian that Republicans are simply filing amendments to stall the process.” (emphasis added).
(Sigh)…this makes blogging easy.Â Just find your article of the day that makes this elementary error.Â Once again:
The parliamentarian does not make the ruling.Â The parliamentarian advises the Chair, otherwise known as the President of the Senate, otherwise known as the Vice President of the United States, on what the ruling should be.
You don’t believe me?Â Believe Robert Dove, the former parliamentarian of the Senate:
If he were to show up, and he wants to make these decisions, yes. He has the authority to do that. He is the president of the Senate.
If the Democrats want to do this, then they can do this.Â period.Â Full stop.Â End of story.Â Will they?
Mr. President, where are you?