Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie leads with
the sausage, er, the process of making the infrastructure bill that somehow or another was agreed upon last night in the useless and doddering Senate (all formatting is theirs):
On Sunday night, a little past 9 p.m., the bipartisan infrastructure bill — is BIF now BIB? — finally hit the Senate floor.
Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER introduced the legislation with these momentous words: “I call up the Sinema-Portman substitute amendment!”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) called the process “the most enjoyable adventure for the last six to eight weeks.” (I’m glad someone had fun.)
“Sometimes I might say — only half in jest — the senators are merely constitutional impediments to their staffs” said [Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)].
Anyway their inside baseball write-up goes long, but has almost nothing to say about the content of the bill, except this:
— What we’ll be watching: The bill is more than 2,700 pages and hasn’t been read widely outside the group of senators and aides who wrote it. Inevitably, there will be land mines within it that explode on both left and right once it’s swept by the press and interest groups. And because the bill won’t move in the House for weeks — Pelosi says it has to be accompanied by the budget — it could become a fat target as it sits in legislative limbo.
So get excited!
I think President Handsome Joe Biden needs to get his Comms staff on this, because other than the Villagers, no one really cares about how the sausage is made, we want to know what is in it for us (and because the GQP is involved, how they are giving away the store to the plutocrats).
The bill is open to amendments, and so look for the usual suspects to try to torpedo this in the name of Hair Füror and then look for the other usual suspects to filibuster it (looking at you Schrödinger’s Senator Rand Paul), but presumably the same 60 or so senators will keep this thing alive.