(ReliableNews.org) – Democrats are trying every trick in the book to get President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure bills through the Senate. However, accomplishing that goal is easier said than done with the balance of power stalled at 50/50 in the chamber.
Democrats and Republicans are working together to pass a bipartisan measure funding traditional infrastructure items like roadways, bridges, and the like. However, at the same time, the Democrats are planning to force a “radical” second bill through the Senate using reconciliation, a process that allows passage of a measure with a simple majority vote. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is vowing to do whatever it takes to block that effort.
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McConnell spoke to a crowd of supporters about the pending infrastructure bill while visiting Murray, Kentucky, on July 6. The “era of bipartisanship… is over,” he told the crowd. He also assured them he would put up “a hell of a fight” over America’s future.
He also spoke about his motivation in taking such a hard-line approach. As he explained, Democrats were ready and willing to pass their radical infrastructure bill without getting a single Republican vote. “But, we are going to make it hard for them,” he added.
Fortunately, the odds are already stacked in McConnell’s favor. For reconciliation to succeed, Democrats can’t lose a single vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has already indicated he doesn’t support passing the infrastructure bill using that procedure and other Democrats in red and purple states will likely follow his lead if push comes to shove.
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