With The Senate Back, The House Embarks On Votes Sure To Fail

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 writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Philip H

    I’ll start with my usual reminder that Congress has one job constitutionally – appropriations – and that they continue to both shirk it and thus endanger the salaries of 4 million feds and federal contractors (even temporarily) remains maddening. Here ends my sermon.

    Pelosi is trying to force Schumer to do something – probably about the filibuster. My best wishes to her.Report

  2. Nevermoor

    Why is no one asking what the GOP’s plan B is?

    They are the ones failing hereReport

  3. Philip H

    So, Progressives in the House beat down the Speaker. Good for them. She and Schumer need to be reminded that the Democrats are a big tent caucus and that there are times to go big – and this is one of them. Manchin – who has been quietly saying $1.5 Trillion is his upper limit for a couple of months – has finally admitted he’s no liberal (!) and Sinema is off in a unique world of one where she can campaign on lowering drug prices and then do fund raising dinners with drug lobbyists and no one will notice.

    Were I Schumer, or his chief of staff, I’d tell Manchin the price for going down to 1.5 Trillion is two things – tanking the fillibuster and a public admission to the press by Manchin that the $3.5 Trillion is a ten year number which, on an annual basis, is half what we spend on the DoD. Manchin won’t get 10 Republicans for his voting rights alternatives no matter how low he goes on the infrastructure and spending bills (which is what I think he’s been trying to horse trade all along) so he needs to clearly know the price he will pay to get his preferred dollar amount.

    I’d also remind the Majority Leader that he and his slim caucus majority represent 41 Million more Americans then Republicans, and sitting on his hands won’t preserve his majority.

    Because Progressives are right – Democrats across the board campaigned on bold spending initiatives designed to deal with huge infrastructure and economic problems, and Democrats need to deliver before American political cynicism consumes them at the polls next year. Saying “we aren’t as bad as Republicans” only worked once, and while it was a hugely critical juncture, it won’t work again.Report

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