Dems overcome distrust to send infrastructure bill to Biden
[ Editor’s Note: I cannot say for sure, but I suspect the humiliating and unnecessary Virginia loss refocused the progressive holdouts that they have overplayed their hand and hurt the party at a critical time. It was time to fish or cut bait.
They might have won the 2020 election, but they will have little chance in 2022 if they don’t vastly outshine the Republicans over the next year, and they whizzed away a couple of precious months here with their internal game of ‘chicken’ on these big bills, a few people using it to get themselves a lot of attention.
The Dems will now have a few weeks to hit the road to publicize the benefits of the infrastructure bill while promoting the big Social Justice bill.
And let’s not forget there is another hard core layer to this, and that is with Republican Congressmen emerging as active participants in planning the insurrection, they will be hell bent to get back control of Congress to save their behinds by killing the Jan 6th committee.
That would still leave the Dept of Justice to pursue its Jan 6th criminal cases, but Garland seems to be stymied in even taking Bannon’s case to the grand jury, which should be a slam dunk.
The committee itself is moving too slowly on the subpoenas. It should be blasting them out quickly to find out who the resisters are, so it can vote them in contempt and then move toward indictments so the expected court challenges and appeals will begin sooner… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … November 06, 2021
House Democrats on Friday broke a monthslong fever that has imperiled their entire domestic agenda, thanks to a truce from moderates and liberals brokered to advance more than $2 trillion in party priorities.
The truce bore fruit late, as the House cleared a $550 billion infrastructure bill for President Joe Biden’s signature just before midnight and moved ahead on Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social spending package.
Those two milestones capped off a frantic and nearly disastrous day for the party, ending what has proved to be Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s most grueling exercise yet so far this Congress with just three votes to lose.
…“The whole day was a clusterfuck, right?” said senior progressive Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who helped negotiate the rapprochement with the moderates. “At the end of the day what we all want to do is get the president’s agenda done, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
In the end, Pelosi only lost six Democrats on the infrastructure vote, all progressives. Thirteen Republicans voted in favor, giving Democrats more wiggle room on the floor.
…“This is going to be a defining moment for us as a Democratic Party. To say, we’re going to build trust among each other. I’ll tell you it’s been exhausting to hear all the different efforts to come together,” said Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.).