Explainer | U.S. Senate’s reconciliation process: it’s not the way it sounds


Having passed President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill with bipartisan support, U.S. Senate Democrats are moving on to the even more ambitious goal of approving $3.5 trillion in spending on climate measures and social programs.

The party, which holds the thinnest-possible Senate majority, doesn’t expect Republican support for that sprawling initiative, leaving it to turn to a maneuver known as budget reconciliation for a second time this year.

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