Sunday, July 18, 2021

Key Vote Set for Infrastructure Bill as McConnell Blasts ‘socialist experiment’; Reconciliation Bill Includes Left-Wing Goodies as Democratic Majority Expected to Slip Away; Democrats’ New Amnesty Gambit, and related stories

Key vote set for infrastructure bill as McConnell blasts ‘socialist experiment’:
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday he has scheduled a July 21 test vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill as lawmakers race to hammer out the final details of that measure, as well as a massive $3.5 trillion budget resolution.
Schumer (D-NY) added that he was anxious for Democrats to come to an agreement on the larger measure, which they will try to ram through the Senate with 51 votes and is expected to include increased spending on education, efforts to counter the effects of climate change, and social programs like Medicare.
“The time has come to make progress,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “And we will. We must.”
“Everyone has been having productive conversations and it’s important to keep the two-track process moving,” he added. --->READ MORE HERE
Reconciliation bill includes left-wing goodies as Democratic majority expected to slip away:
Immigration is infrastructure. Climate change is infrastructure. Much of the liberal agenda is infrastructure.
While the final price tag is below some of the proposals floated by the most liberal Democrats in Congress, this is the approach President Joe Biden’s party is landing on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill they hope to pass on their own without any Republican votes.
Democrats are going big and going it alone, hoping to get the new package across the finish line, courtesy of Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote in the Senate.
Democrats have pushed through big changes by small margins before. President Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax increase passed by one vote in the House and got through the Senate by Vice President Al Gore breaking a tie.
Obamacare passed the House by a vote of 220-215. However, the version that advanced the Senate through reconciliation, the same budgetary process Democrats plan to employ to pass their partisan infrastructure bill while negating a Republican filibuster, attracted all 59 Democratic votes.
But in both those cases, the Democrats' congressional majorities were much bigger, leaving them with more votes to spare. This time around, they can afford few defections in the House and none in the Senate, which is why all eyes are on centrist Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. --->READ MORE HERE
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