The pretext to work together and find common ground is waning for House and Senate Democrats.
Democrats in both houses are under pressure from their grassroots to end the Republican opposition on some key pieces of legislation if some deals are not made soon.
The left party begins to warn that without GOP support it will ram through bills.
I wonder how much effort the Senate Democrats go to to keep some GOP Senators from total McConnell control. It only takes a few GOP senators to pass important laws. Start with GOP friends of the Delaware Senators @SenatorCarper and @ChrisCoons. -R
– Ralph Nader (@RalphNader) May 26, 2021
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Go forward with or without the GOP
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “We always hope our Republican friends will work with us on things. … We hope to move forward with the Republicans, but we won’t let them stand in the way if they say no. “
What Chuck Schumer didn’t say is the fact that the filibuster is also getting in the way of the Democrats ripping their agenda through the Senate.
The abolition of the filibuster would give Democrats a simple majority in a 50:50 Senate to pass laws instead of the 60 votes normally needed to overcome a filibuster.
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One of the biggest items on the agenda is President Biden’s so-called infrastructure plan.
Republicans have tried to counter Biden’s multi-trillion plan, which includes hundreds of billions for projects outside of the infrastructure. On Thursday they made a counter offer of nearly $ 1 trillion.
However, Joe Biden has set a Memorial Day deadline for a possible bipartisan infrastructure plan. And the Democrats are running out of patience.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) says the time “approaches” when Democrats should just walk away, unless negotiators “make progress very soon”.
Biden’s “infrastructure” plan is for the IRS to spy on your bank account to track every penny you make and every dollar you spend.
This is the same IRS that turned against Conservatives the last time Biden was at the White House.
Does that sound like infrastructure to you?
– Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 21, 2021
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Democrats were also preparing for police reform
Infrastructure isn’t the only high priority law the Democrats want to enforce.
Passing a police reform bill before the year-long anniversary of George Floyd’s death on Tuesday did not go the way they wanted it to go.
One of the sticking points between Democrats and Republicans is a provision restricting the qualified immunity that protects individual officials from lawsuits.
The Justice In Policing Act negotiators include Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) as well as Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Corey Booker (D-NJ). One of the suggestions Senator Scott made would be to hold departments accountable, rather than individual officers, in some civil matters.
Last year the Democrats rejected the police reform bill offered by Scott – a black Republican -.
Democrats used the Jim Crow Filibuster to block Tim Scott’s police reform bill. https://t.co/3NSom9bK1U
– Comfortably complacent (@ComfortablySmug) May 25, 2021
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What the Democrats really want
The crowning glory of the Democrats would be a major radical overhaul of the electoral law.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called the effort “… the greatest power robbery in the country’s history.”
HR1 or the “For The People Act” would essentially federalize electoral standards to a uniform standard. The bill would also set mandatory 15-day voting deadlines, relax same-day registration rules, and much more.
With regard to the filibuster, Democrats face internal opposition to its termination.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have repeatedly stated that they will not vote to end it. Some people have criticized the use of budget voting by both parties in the past.
One thing is certain. Democrats know they have limited time to get their agenda through the House and Senate ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Dick Durbin (D-IL), chairman of the Senate Majority Whip and Judiciary Committee, may have accidentally left the cat out of his pocket when he said, “We have a lot to do and limited time.”
Four years ago, the Democrats asked Republicans to maintain the Senate filibuster rule.
Now the Democrats are pushing to end the filibuster so they can push through a liberal, partisan agenda. It’s pure hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/UVXu5ZIFd4
– Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) March 17, 2021
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