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Democrats’ Tax Plan Awaits an Obscure Official With Huge Clout

Aug. 5, 2022, 3:11 PM

Senate Democrats finally won Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s support for their climate, health and tax bill, but they still must clear another crucial hurdle: Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough.

The little-known arbiter of Senate rules is expected to determine as soon as Friday whether key portions of their plan complies with strict budget requirements -- including a $35 monthly cap on insulin prices, requirements for North American production to qualify for electric vehicle tax credits, and prescription drug inflation rebates.

MacDonough, who has worked in the parliamentarian’s office since 1999, was appointed to the top spot by then-Majority Leader Harry Reid ...