President Biden told members of Congress he supports using budget reconciliation and simple Democrat majority to move legislation on immigration reform.
“He said he was committed to making those statements publicly,” Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) told Politico, detailing the meeting.
Soto said Biden later this month would include rhetoric supporting the idea in his address to Congress,
Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) also told Politico Biden would support “a pathway to citizenship through the budget reconciliation.”
According to a readout of the meeting, the White House said Biden discussed “immigration reform and a humanitarian response at the border.”
The Senate parliamentarian would need to approve any budget reconciliation bill, which would be difficult.
The Senate parliamentarian ruled against the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage in the budget reconciliation process that helped Democrats pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package without Republican support. That would likely narrow any amnesty options for any future budget reconciliation package.