(HorizonPost.com) – The Office of the Parliamentarian for the US Senate is a little-known position. Yet, it’s the official advisor to the body as to what is and is not permissible to be included in bills under consideration. Ms. Elizabeth MacDonough has held that title since 2012, and she just delivered a blow by ruling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) $140-million pork train project does not qualify for inclusion in the $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief bill under reconciliation.
While the measure was still under debate in the House, Representatives Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) recognized just what a waste this side project was and championed the idea that the money should go towards mental health initiatives for school children K-12. Hinson noted that school closures have increased feelings of depression and anxiety among the group, and that her amendment would put “students over subways.”
Late Friday night, the Democrats rejected a commonsense GOP proposal from @RepAshleyHinson to replace Speaker Pelosi’s massive $140 million rail project with boosted mental health funding for K-12 students.
You can’t make this stuff up. https://t.co/3qTq4jkWme
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) March 1, 2021
The $15-per-hour minimum wage proposal met the same fate earlier in the week, which has incensed some Democrats. They began attacking MacDonough for applying the same standard to them as she did when the Republicans were in charge.
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