“The Senate on Sunday night voted to end debate on a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, putting it on a glide path, albeit a lengthy one, to passing this week.
“Senators voted 68-29 to end debate on the bill, which required 60 votes. Eighteen GOP senators joined with all Democrats to help advance the legislation. “
So 18 Republicans crossed the aisle. Not bad for something that our Failed Political Press™ said was dead and another failure of the Democrats in Disarray. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie gives TFG a nuanced jab:
The five Republicans who negotiated it are the five most anti-Trump GOP senators: ROB PORTMAN (Ohio), MITT ROMNEY (Utah), LISA MURKOWSKI (Alaska), SUSAN COLLINS (Maine) and BILL CASSIDY (La.). (All but Portman voted to convict Trump at his second Senate impeachment trial earlier this year.)
The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act could pass the Senate today.
Now, let’s see what happens with the so-called Reconciliation Bill in the Senate. As we know, Nancy Smash has said she will put the Reconciliation Bill up for a vote first and if it passes, then she will put up the Infrastructure bill.
Why, you ask?
Our pals at Electoral-Vote have the answer (emphasis mine):
“…A number of moderate Democrats in the House are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to bring it up for a vote immediately. What they are not saying, but clearly mean, is that they will vote for the bill, hope it passes, and call it a day. Then they can safely vote no on the much bigger reconciliation bill that will come later. Since no Republican in the House (or the Senate) will vote for the reconciliation bill, that would kill it. Pelosi understands their game quite well and wants to take the vote on the two bills on the same day, with the reconciliation bill going first. If the moderates kill it, she won’t bring the bipartisan bill up for a vote. So effectively, she is going to force the moderates to make a choice: both bills or no bill. It is doubtful that the moderates can trick her, although they will try. She wasn’t born yesterday. She was born 81 years ago.
Since the reconciliation bill hasn’t passed the Senate yet, and since the details haven’t even been hammered out, the senators are not yet free to flee Washington. There will be much pressure on Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and other flies in the ointment to make clear what they want, and to get on board the S.S. $3.5 Trillion. Some House Democrats, and many Republicans in both chambers, will not be pleased to see Pelosi sit on the bipartisan bill while she waits for the reconciliation bill to be sent over. But she knows that if you can’t stand the heat, you should get out of the kitchen. She’s handled plenty of heat in her career, even August heat in Washington, and she’ll handle it this time, too.
Nancy Pelosi is going to be in the history books not just for being the first woman Speaker, but also for being the most effective in the history of the country (to date).