Rejoice, Ye Peoples of the Land, ‘Tis Infrastructure Week Again!

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his food writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    But apparently that is not this day.

    I feel like this point needs expanding upon in the style of Aragorn’s rallying speech at the Black Gate (from the movie).Report

  2. Marchmaine says:

    Needs more Hyperloop.Report

  3. North says:

    It’s more than I expected but I’m not uncorking the bubbly yet.

    That said, the closer they get to a deal the more likely that Manchin and Sinema are furious if the GOP yanks the football back and they vote “carte blanche” for the reconciliation bill.

    So it’s good news either way.Report

  4. Chip Daniels says:

    This is a good thing, a reminder of how normally functioning democracies work where the government works to provide tangible benefits to the people in an effort to earn their support.Report

  5. Michael Cain says:

    …written by staffers…

    Based on my experience, FAR better to have it written by professionals, who know that if a paragraph of federal statute is changed here, then three other paragraphs have to be changed there, with references to various other parts of statute, then…

    The Colorado General Assembly went so far as to pass rules that almost no bill can be introduced until it has been run through Legislative Legal Services, a permanent group of non-partisan professional staff. The exceptions are budget bills, which have to go through the Joint Budget Committee staff, another permanent group of non-partisan professionals, paid to know the kinds of details about the state finances that LLS knows about legal twists and turns.Report

    • CJColucci in reply to Michael Cain says:

      This makes entirely too much sense.Report

    • Jacob in reply to Michael Cain says:

      My ex-wife had a similar position in the AZ legislature for many years. It was a great system. Part-time legislators tell the nonpartisan lawyers what they want to accomplish, the lawyers write it up, bounce it back and forth for some revisions, and avoid a lot of the absurdist nonsense we see getting introduced in states without this sort of check/balance.Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to Michael Cain says:

      Really, the more the decisions are insulated from the influence of voters, the better.Report