McConnell proves once more that there is no such thing as a such factor as "good religion" amongst Senate Republicans
Wicker says Biden has charged $ 1K for over 8 years and Rs are willing to do so.
But so far, says WH, Rs has only offered $ 225 billion in new money …
– Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 25, 2021
Because apparently "moderate democrats" believe there is hope. These include Sens. Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire, John Hickenlooper from Colorado, and Jon Tester from Montana, all of whom say there is hope for bipartisanism and that we should all know Hell better. Even Senator Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat who was never accused of being a progressive partisan, raises an eyebrow. He told Politico that this group of Democrats, who continue to promote bipartisan negotiations, "need to be clearer about their patience and timing".
As if to point out how they should all know hell better, there isn't even a bipartisan agreement to put together a bipartisan commission to figure out how violent mobs can't attack them in the future. As of now, Mitt Romney is the only Senate Republican who says he will support the Jan. 6 commission legislation. That's 51 votes. The bill takes 60.
But that's the headline: "Filibuster fight looms over the January 6th commission." Republicans filibusted legislation co-drafted by a member of the Republican House to investigate a threat to their entire life and a riot that sought to overthrow them. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could try to hit the bill before Memorial Day hiatus this week.
"I'm sorry that some Republicans believe that a bipartisan investigation into the attack on our democracy is impractical for the interim campaigns, but the Democrat-led Senate … won't sweep under the carpet on January 6," Schumer said. "We're going to vote on the January 6th Senate commission, and the American people will see where each member stands – on the side of the truth or on the side of Donald Trump's big lie."
With Ipsos polls showing that a majority of Republicans – 53% – believe the big lie and actually say Donald Trump is the real president, it's not hard to see where Senate Republicans will land on this one.
While Schumer is figuring out the timing for this one, he has another piece of legislation on the ground: the Endless Frontier Act, which should be supported by both parties and which actually came up last week with 86 votes to 11. The primary purpose of the legislation is to fuel the US scientific and research efforts and strengthen the US technology sector to compete against China. McConnell is working on it too, of course. As of now, there is a dispute over how many changes are allowed. As long as this invoice is available, Schumer would have to unanimously agree to submit the commission invoice from January 6th. Which Republicans will not allow.
So that will likely be postponed to the week of June 7th when the Senate returns from the Memorial Day hiatus. Infrastructure could be advanced by the fall, if it could be tied to government funding and debt ceiling battles, as McConnell wants. It's almost as if Democrats don't have a Senate majority after all.
Schumer might as well push it forward and try to get the Jan 6 commission bill down this week and show the Manchins and Sinemas and all other moderates where they stand. This week is as good as any for getting her to test the limits of her patience with the filibuster.