Bernie Grofman

Bernard Grofman, UCI Jack W. Peltason Chair of Democracy Studies and Distinguished Professor of political science writes, “President Biden and congressional Democrats have piled many of their top legislative priorities into a mammoth bill that currently totals over $3 trillion dollars of social and economic policy change. While Democrats are now skirmishing over the details, if they can agree on the bill, they can bypass a Republican filibuster of it in the Senate by making use of an arcane parliamentary process known as “reconciliation.”

Like Biden, many recent presidents have favored omnibus measures. But not all mammoth bills are alike. And some are more prone to fail than others.

Here’s what you need to know about promise and pitfalls of omnibus measures...

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