Democrats celebrated in early January when Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were elected to the US Senate. Those elections gave Liberals a majority in the house and senate to go along with the White House.
When he first took office, Joe Biden promised to make a good faith effort to work with Republicans. And that effort has been made on numerous occasions over Biden’s first few months in office.
Mitch McConnell, though, has often urged his senators against working with the president or supporting his legislation. This is the same kind of obstructionist behavior the senate minority leader was so fond of during Barack Obama‘s time in office.
Traditional Republican policies do not put country over party but rather turn back the clock on the American Revolution.
Joe Biden made some big promises prior to taking office this January. He already accomplished his first goal of passing a major COVID relief bill. The new president has now moved on to passing a major infrastructure bill.
Biden would very much like for the bill to pass with votes from both Democrats and Republicans. To that end, he recently met with Shelly Moore-Capito, the GOP’s top negotiator.
According to a Washington Post report, Biden was willing to make big concessions to Republicans including forgoing a 28% corporate tax rate. The White House, however, is denying the story.
Jen Psaki told reporters, “
What happened over the last couple of days and also in the meeting yesterday is that the President did a thorough review of all of the tax reforms he’s proposed — many of them on the campaign — it was in the American Jobs Plan as a pay for and is also reflected in our budget that we just put out last Friday. And he looked to see what could be a path forward with his Republican colleagues on this specific negotiation.”
Trumpism, in fact, has provided a fortuitous opening for the Republican Party establishment to salvage its own perfidious conservatism by providing a kind of straw man for the establishment.
Joe Biden came into office with some big ideas. The first and most important one has already been handled. The new President was able to pass a massive relief bill that helped millions of Americans. The relief bill, despite being enormously popular with all Americans, did not receive one Republican yes vote.
Biden has moved onto his next goal, which is passing a major infrastructure bill. Like the stimulus package, the idea of infrastructure is popular with voters of all parties. GOP senators, though, are already attacking the bill. With that in mind, Democratic senators are urging the President to not waste too much time negotiating with them.
Bernie Sanders opined, “I personally don’t think the Republicans are serious about addressing the major crises facing this country. Maybe I’m wrong, but we’re certainly not going to wait for an indefinite period of time. We’re gonna move forward rapidly. They have something to say? Now is the time to say it.”
Richard Blumenthal has similar sentiments. He told reporters, “H
e should be skeptical of Republicans, sure. Mitch McConnell
January’s Georgia run-off represented a major moment for the Democratic party. The wins of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock gave the party control of the White House, Senate and House.
An elated Joe Biden was ready to make good on a number of his biggest promises. But as he has attempted to do so, there has been some push-back from people within his own party. And the biggest obstacle has been Joe Manchin. MSNBC’s Joy Reid took the West Virginia senator to task during a Monday interview with Pete Buttigieg.
Prior to playing clips of Manchin speaking about the bill, Reid remarked, “West Virginia prime minister or I mean senator, Joe Manchin. He made clear what he wants from the bill.”
The host then asked the Transportation Secretary, “Let’s start with the Democrats. Joe Manchin, he does seem to believe he’s in charge of the United States senate. Says he has half a dozen people not happy with the bill. Have you had a conversation with him and do you believe you could get the votes on reconciliation?”
Buttigieg diplomatically answered the question:
“There are 100 senators with 100 views about exactly how they think it should be done, but broadly I’m seeing a lot of energy and excitement for the bill. I’ll be catching up with Senator Manchin soon, speaking with Republicans and Democrats in the house and senate, hearing a lot of energy and excitement for the idea of infrastructure investment.“
During the Trump presidency, Republicans had a very slim majority. And they used that majority to push through the things they wanted. Taxes were cut and Supreme Court Justices were placed with no care about bi-partisanship.
The shoe is on the other foot now as Democrats have a narrow majority with Kamala Harris as the tie breaker. Republicans have shown little interest on compromising and have threatened to use the filibuster to delay bills from being passed.
But Democrats got good news on Monday when the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that they could pass their latest infrastructure bill by reconciliation meaning it cold be pushed through on a simple majority.
Infrastructure news: Chuck Schumer’s office says the parliamentarian agrees with his interpretation of the Senate budget process, which could enable Democrats to bypass a filibuster and use reconciliation once more in fiscal year 2021 (and several more times next year). pic.twitter.com/OoiEQpd6lX
Afterward, at a press conference with Senate Democratic Leader Schumer, Pelosi told reporters Trump may have lacked the confidence to work with Democrats on infrastructure. She said she prays for Trump.
Schumer said watching what happened at the meeting between the president and Democratic lawmakers "would make your jaw drop." He said that when Trump was asked how he would pay for an infrastructure plan, "he had to run away."
Speaker Pelosi responded to Trump’s outburst on national television by telling the country that Trump wasn’t up to the challenge of an infrastructure deal.
Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Lacks The Confidence To Do An Infrastructure Deal
Pelosi said, “For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part, that he really couldn’t match the greatness of the challenge that we have, wasn’t really respectful of the reason — of the congress and the white house working together. He just took a pass. And it just makes me wonder why he did that. In any event, I pray for the President Of The United States. And I pray for the United States of America.”
Speaker Pelosi Knew Exactly What She Was Doing
LEESBURG, Va. (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that legislation to rebuild the country’s infrastructure that Democrats are developing should be worth at least $1 trillion, and she would like to see it be $2 trillion.
“Has to be at least $1 trillion, I’d like it to be closer to $2 trillion,” she said to reporters at a House Democratic meeting in Leesburg, Virginia. She declined to say how such an amount could be paid for, saying that was “to be discussed.” She also said she was optimistic that Democrats could work with President Donald Trump on the issue.
(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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