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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules to avoid a GOP filibuster on two more pieces of legislation, setting the stage for President Biden's infrastructure agenda to pass in two packages with simple-majority votes.

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Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Democrats just got an unprecedented Senate blessing.

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#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2021-04-05 07:19 PM | Reply

They don't have 50 dem votes yet.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2021-04-05 08:03 PM | Reply

"The official's interpretation of Senate budget rules would allow the use of the reconciliation process more than once in a fiscal year, and it is viewed by Democrats as a possible strategy for moving top policy priorities with a simple majority, since getting the needed 10 Republican votes in a 50-50 Senate has proved difficult."

More good news for America.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2021-04-06 01:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

President Biden keeps knocking those pins down, one at a time.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-06 03:51 PM | Reply

They don't have 50 dem votes yet.
#2 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2021-04-05 08:03 PM | FLAG:

Negotiating with members of the Democratic caucus (even the more conservative members) is at least a place to start. Negotiating with Republicans, who will swing the bill further right and STILL vote No on it, is a non-starter.

#5 | Posted by bartimus at 2021-04-06 05:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

Considering that McTurtle has already said that anything from President Biden's "radical left" agenda is DOA, including such overwhelmingly popular legislation even with Republican voters such as the American Rescue Plan, SB1 the bill for voting rights and the infrastructure plan.

They need to pull Sinema and Manchin into a room and press the point, AS LONG AS THIS ITERATION OF THE GQP IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THERE WILL NEVER BE REPUBLICAN VOTES FOR ANYTHING A DEMOCRATIC POTUS PROPOSES, YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET BIPARTISANSHIP, PERIOD, END OF STORY! They may have "friends" over there, but they vote in lock-step with the Turtle. Even after a tragedy as shocking as Sandy Hook the Senate couldn't even pass a wet noodle like the Manchin-Toomey background checks bill, what makes them think there will be TEN GQP senators who will work with them on ANYTHING now? Then they should ask if Manchin and Sinema prefer to be in the majority, or if they'd like to be back in the minority, where they could accomplish nothing?

The Dem window for getting big things done is closing fast! They need to push legislation out the door so that the American people, including their constituents, can see that the Dems are working for them and they can feel in their lives and in their pocketbooks the good things Dems are doing as opposed to further Senate gridlock.

Then they need to ask them what they need in order to make the lives of their constituents better, because those things can be added to some of the upcoming legislation. One more question for Sinema, do you like your job? Because I'm sure the Justice Dems are thinking about a primary challenge for her, which will almost assuredly put that seat back in the GQP category after her next campaign.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-07 08:39 PM | Reply

" Then they should ask if Manchin and Sinema prefer to be in the majority, or if they'd like to be back in the minority, where they could accomplish nothing?"

I would NEVER do that.

If that happens, Manchin will stand up and say "You're absolutely right, I want to be a part of the majority" ... And then he'll walk across the Capitol and announce in a press conference he's just turned Republican.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-04-07 08:49 PM | Reply

And then he'll walk across the Capitol and announce in a press conference he's just turned Republican.

#7 | POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2021-04-07 08:49 PM | FLAG:
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And if he does that NOTHING gets done in the senate for at least a year and a half, including infrastructure which he thinks should be even larger than Biden's proposal. Then he'll be back in the monority, perhaps permanently, because the Dems stand an excellent chance of taking the seats in PA and WI, then they will have the opportunity to make DC a state, which will make Manchin as inconsequential as coal has become. Instead, Manchin will stay a Dem because at least for the moment he's the second most powerful person in WA.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-08 03:38 AM | Reply

Edit, DC as opposed to WA.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-08 03:40 AM | Reply

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger

Another bullseye, gunslinger.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-08 03:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why shouldn't DC get representation? Their population is higher than either Wyoming and Vermont.

It's only my opinion, but if McConnell can change filibuster rules to shove SC nominees through, surely doing away with DC's 'taxation without representation' situation should be done.

Next year's midterms may buck the trend of the president's party losing seats with the pandemic under control and an economy roaring like it's 1999.

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-08 03:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's a real joy to watch President Biden turn the country's frown upside down.

He's going to WOW the Republican party into the oblivion simply with his refreshing honesty AND, most important of all, by getting the job done.

I almost feel like we have Obama back again ~~ only more better.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-08 06:13 AM | Reply

It's time for DC and Puerto Rico statehood.

The only reason the GOP is against it is because they would vote with the democrats.

#13 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-08 07:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

PR would also be able to declare a state of emergency instead of begging for help the next time a squirrelly Republican president keeps an enemies list.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-08 08:42 AM | Reply

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