About Last Night…

“For ME?!”
Joe Manchin’s demands must be met!

Guys, the Democrats in the Senate passed the Budget Resolution Bill way early this morning (4AM eastern!) 50-49. Which —you might note— is strictly party line and NOT bipartisan. Not even a little:

Why it matters: The budget lays the groundwork for Democrat-led committees to begin drafting sections of a massive spending bill that would mark the biggest expansion of America’s social safety net in generations.

  • But this is just the beginning. Now that the budget resolution has passed the Senate, it will take weeks, if not months, for Democrats in both chambers to negotiate and draft the final product.
  • Final passage of the $3.5 trillion spending bill, which will require all 50 Democratic senators to sign on, will likely not come until the fall.

…and then they took up the Voting Rights Bill:

…the revised version being the Manchin-amended thing. Not that it is a bribe, or anything.

So of course, Manchin is now attacking the Reconciliation Bill:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued a statement on Wednesday saying he has “serious concerns” about the size of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, calling it “simply irresponsible” to continue spending at such high levels.

…and I think that is the current state of play. Attacking the thing he just voted for even after accepting a bribe. The man has style. Bad style, but style nonetheless.

Part of the performa nature of the budget resolution is that amendments are allowed, though they are non-binding, and this is when the Republicans usually stick in Culture War stuff about the dirty hippies are in favor of Baby Killing so that it goes into the record and then into campaign advertising that the Democrats voted for it.

Except of course that some members are too stupid to know how to play this game. Take Tommy Tuberville (please):

And that is the World’s Greatest Debate Club in action.

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7 Responses to About Last Night…

  1. What I cannot understand is the common, common refrain “This bill is too expensive, we cannot leave our children and grandchildren this terrible debt!”

    So you would rather leave them a country even more in ruins that will cost exponentially more to fix?

    “Well, kids! We were ever so careful to leave you debt free when we are gone. Now be aware, the foundation on the north side of the house is dangerously undermined, so you don’t want to go any closer that five feet away from the wall, and never mind the increasingly strong smell of gas coming from the basement, I’m sure it’s ok, and nowhere near levels that will detonate, but I wouldn’t turn on the basement lights, just to be sure, and I almost forgot! All the ‘rain catching pots and pans’ are now in the hall closet; we needed to find room for more of them, because the leaks have gotten worse. But we’d have had to go into debt to fix the roof and we just couldn’t do that to you!”*


  2. roket says:

    Funny how you never hear a word about the debt when the president is a republican.

    Liked by 2 people

    • beckymaenot says:

      Ya know roket- that shit is less and less funny every time a R prez crashes the economy and then the D prez has to fix it. In fact- at this point- I am so fucking tired of their bullshit- I can’t even with these people anymore.


    • R White says:

      Odd how you never hear about sexual harassment, actual charges of rape, paedophilia when the perp is a morally bankrupt republican or a stenographer from the worthless beltway media…


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