Senate Works on Infrastructure ‘the Old-Fashioned Way’: Painfully Slow
Leaving the Senate floor on Sunday, Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters, “We’re doing it the old fashioned way.
The bipartisan package arose in part from a desire by both parties to show that the old method in the Senate can, in fact, work. The 10 Republicans and Democrats who led the deal wanted to provide a counterpoint to the progressives who insisted that the only way to achieve important and important political goals in the current political environment is to do away with the rule of the systematic obstruction. This would mean getting rid of the need to muster 60 votes to pass most major legislation and allow bills to be passed by brute force, on a simple majority vote.
As the infrastructure bill draws closer to passage, these Liberals have made it clear that they are unhappy with it. And the Democratic leaders don’t intend to stick with the old way for very long: As soon as the sprawling measure is passed, they plan to resort to partisan votes to try to pass their 3-month budget plan. $ 500 billion and their voting rights legislation.
“A lot of people have a lot of needs and views in our caucus, a lot of needs in the country, some may be bipartisan, some not,” Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said, in a brief interview on Sunday, after warning his colleagues that they could finish the bill “the easy way or the hard way.” “And if you told the caucus that there would be only bipartite or never bipartite, you probably wouldn’t get anything done.”
This is the second time this year that Mr Schumer has kept the Senate in a marathon process of floor amendments to bring about a major bipartisan bill. The first was legislation authorizing nearly a quarter of a billion dollars over the next five years in scientific research and development to boost competitiveness against China.
His staff have proudly kept a running record of the amendments passed in this Congress, which they say are now nearly triple the amount allowed in the past year that Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has led the chamber. . Twenty-two amendments have so far been considered for the bipartisan bill.
The marathon process gave Democratic senators in the 2022 election – including Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada – a chance to polish their bipartisan credentials in swing states by introducing amendments with Republican co-sponsors.
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