Parliamentarian rules against first GOP objection to ‘fixes’ bill

March 23, 2010

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin ruled against Senate Republicans Monday night, setting aside the first of many expected procedural objections from the GOP on Democratic .

The parliamentarian ruled that changes to a proposed excise tax on high-cost plans would not violate the 1974 Budget Act by changing contributions to the Social Security trust fund.

Republican procedural experts had argued the impact on Social Security was enough to violate the Byrd Rule and derail the whole bill.

Republicans also objected on grounds the excise tax would not go into effect until after the five-year window set by the Budget Resolution. The parliamentarian has not yet ruled on this issue, according to a senior GOP aide.

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