The WaPo tells us that Ted Cruz tried to get the ol’ band back together to reprise their 2013 Shut Down, and well, the show got cancelled:
This week’s shutdown threat, which was averted with a Senate vote Thursday night, was not only just as quixotic — aimed at forcing President Biden to sign a bill blocking his own coronavirus vaccine mandates — but is being led by some of the same Republican plotters.
They included Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), the lead architect of the 2013 shutdown, and Sen. Mike Lee (Utah), as well as Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Chip Roy (Tex.), who served as Cruz’s top legislative strategist in 2013.
“We should use every tool we have to protect people’s rights,” Cruz thundered to reporters Wednesday. “The vaccine mandates are illegal, they’re abusive and they’re hurting this country.”
“We jes’ wanna kill some more ‘Murkins,” Cruz didn’t wail, but should have. “Is that too much t’ ask?”
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) email thingie of course gives us the process story because, well, gossip:
NO SHUTDOWN — Congress avoided a government shutdown after Senate conservatives dropped their demands to nix President JOE BIDEN’s vaccine mandates in the funding bill — and Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMERgave them a way out.
All 100 senators agreed late Thursday night to quickly proceed to a bill funding the government through Feb. 18. The breakthrough came after Schumer gave Republicans a vote (with a simple majority threshold) to defund federal vaccination mandates. He did so only because there were two Republicans absent, meaning that even if Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) sided with Republicans, the amendment would be defeated. (And fail it did, 48-50.)
As usual, Joe Manchin’s demands must be met, so the Democrats really had to strategize on his absence. Unbelievable.