Kevin McCarthy Feels The Pain, Fails To Refrain

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
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    If Kevin McCarthy can rail for 8 straight hours, then surly the Senate can go back to talking only filibusters . . . .Report

  2. North
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    This is amusing but is kind of the bow on top of the bigger news which is that the Dems have passed their initial bid on the BBB bill and have done so with some remarkable unit (IIRC only one Dem didn’t vote for it). Over all it’s a big omnibus and a bit of a kludge but kludges are basically the only way to do anything in the current partisan climate so kludge it is.

    I don’t think it’s a terrible batch of policy over all except for messing with the SALT deductions. That said the inside money thinks that the Senate will strip out or water down the SALT giveaway to wealthy coasters and send it back. If the Senate does so I would expect that Speaker Pelosi will find the votes to pass it without SALT and those congresscritters who forced SALT’s inclusion will reluctantly support it while being able to tell their constituents they “fought hard” for it.

    Another big step towards getting stuff done. If BBB passes Biden and Dem leadership will have overseen one of the most productive congressional sessions in ages. I wouldn’t place any bets that passing BBB will assure the Dems of triumph in the next election but policy is the reason politicians are supposed to go to DC. If the Dems move policy, then lose a cycle to the GOP who in turn spend their time ineffectually flailing around (as they have since, what, Bush II blew out on Social Security reform?) then that’ll be a trade that is to the lefts advantage.

    And you never know- maybe they’ll message better this time and actually get rewarded for their accomplishments. Stranger things have happened.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to North
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      One of the things that I hope for out of infrastructure week is infrastructure.

      If part of the results include improved infrastructure, the Dems should be able to ride on that. Put signs up. “MDOT is working on this infrastructure thanks to the BBB Bill!”

      (Like, there was a “pothole tax” passed in 2015. It resulted in a lot of potholes being filled. Also: Bike lanes. I know that I am pleased that the pothole tax passed… they fixed the roads that I spend the most time on. But if I lived on one of the roads that they haven’t gotten around to yet, I’d be infuriated every time I saw a bike lane. If BBB fixes the potholes, it’s a victory. Even if there are bike lanes in safe districts.)Report

      • North in reply to Jaybird
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        Well BBB is separate from the bipartisan Infrastructure bill. The two were initially bound at the hip (primarily by suspicious progressives who feared that Moderates would bail on BBB if the infrastructure bill passed first) but after a bunch of intraparty negotiations the progressives showed laudable pragmatic flexibility and let the infrastructure bill pass first.

        I agree that the Dems should message the fish out of it. Apparently the GOP’s individual reps are busy trying to claim credit for things in the bill they voted against so surely the people who actually passed the bill should be able to get credit too. But the big take away is the BBB (Build Back Better) is the companion bill to the infrastructure bill which is commonly called the BIF (Big/Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill).Report

        • Jaybird in reply to North
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          Oh jeez. They were attached at the hip in my head.

          If the potholes get fixed due to the BIF, the BBB will likely get some of the credit as well. If the BIF doesn’t fix the potholes, the BBB will likely get blamed for that.

          I’m basing that on extrapolating my mistake to the set of “everybody”.Report

        • Philip H in reply to North
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          Apparently the GOP’s individual reps are busy trying to claim credit for things in the bill they voted against so surely the people who actually passed the bill should be able to get credit too.

          Indeed they are. My Trumpian Congress critter has tried to claim all the benefits of the BIF, and has been publicly (well on facebook anyway) derided by hundreds of his constituents for voting against it. He did the same thing today messaging on the BBB, and again got slammed 4 to 1 with pointing out he didn’t vote for bills he claims will bring benefits.

          No idea yet if that translates into electoral changes at the ballot box next year, but its fun to watch.Report

          • North in reply to Philip H
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            I am content with the party simply getting things done. I’d LOVE it if they got things done AND got electorally rewarded but if I had to choose I’d prefer my party to be the one that, however imperfectly, moves things forward.Report

        • Michael Cain in reply to North
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          There will still be interesting decisions. BBB is a reconciliation bill. Speculation is that some of the provisions in the House bill will be rejected by the Senate Parliamentarian for violating the Byrd Rule. If the House and Senate pass different versions, it goes to a conference committee. The resulting compromise — assuming one — cannot be amended in the House, and the only amendments allowed in the Senate are removing Byrd Rule violations. If such violations are removed by the Senate, the House’s choices then are that bill or nothing.

          Anyone want to offer odds that neither Manchin nor Sinema will be included in a conference committee? And conference committees tend to be very secretive about their efforts.Report

          • North in reply to Michael Cain
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            Oh yeah it’s nowhere near the finish line but it’s unlikely that the bill would have been passed through with this margin of unanimity if the Dems didn’t think the general contours would be acceptable to Sinema, Manchin and the Senate writ large. No doubt it’ll be booted about a bit by the parliamentarians and other interested parties but it’s advancing. It’ll be fun/disgusting to watch as the sausage continues to be made.Report

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