Remember how I warned that the reconciliation bill Democrats were forcing through would put the bipartisan package in jeopardy?
Well, the ball has started to roll in that direction.
Senate Republicans announced that they would block the infrastructure framework for the bipartisan $1 trillion package that Dems and Republicans had presented to Joe Biden.
Senator Schumer (D-N.Y.) is trying to rush this vote through before he uses reconciliation to push through the larger package, and Senate Republicans are not having it.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of the authors of the bill, is among those pushing back.
On Tuesday, she stated, “There’s absolutely no reason why he asked to have the vote tomorrow, and it does not advance the ball.
“It does not achieve any goal except to alienate people.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) added, “We’re not going to the bill until we know what is in the bill.”
Schumer, as expected, is already blaming any failure on Republicans, stating, “There is no reason it should fail.
“The plan I have is very fair to the bipartisan process.
“We almost never wait for a complex bill like this for a full bill to be on the floor in order for it to be debated.”
Well, that is actually part of the problem, Chuckie. Far too many times things find their way into massive spending bills like this after the fact, and thank God Republicans are finally waking up to the fact that we need every detail specified before a vote takes place.