Last night, the Senate voted 67-32 to advance the infrastructure bill/deal/mirage, which allows members to begin debating actual legislation. Clear as mud, amirite?
Anyway, several months and 4 or 5 near death experiences later, 17 GQPers voted with all 50 Democrats to start a debate. This does not mean that there is a bill, and it does not mean that a bill will pass.
And in no way does this guarantee that the vote to end debate on the bill won’t be filibustered by the Republicans. Again, clear as mud, right?
Sen. John Thune said that Republicans want an open amendment process once the bill makes it to the floor, you know, so they can waste even more time.
Why, the suspicious amongst us might think that was the point.
Here’s what we know bipartisanship has forged so far:
- New spending fell from $579 billion to $550 billion
- Funding for public transit has been cut by $10 billion (but funding for highways has increased)
- President Handsome Joe Biden’s proposal to reconnect minority communities that were cut off by freeways got gutted: funding fell from $20B to $1B
And for those of you keeping score at home, this is yet another reason why if I were King of the Forest, I would get rid of the un-democratic (little dee) Senate.