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

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By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats are discussing using reconciliation, an arcane Senate procedural tool, to enact President Joe Biden’s ambitious infrastructure plans, going beyond fixing roads and bridges to fighting climate change and caring for children and the elderly. The party, which holds the thinnest-possible Senate majority, in the coming weeks intends to use the maneuver to pass the parts of Biden’s infrastructure program that don’t attract bipartisan support. WHAT IS RECONCILIATION? It’s not like it sounds, what happens when opponents settle their differences. …

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