Tag: Chuck Schumer

The Democrats’ Predicament Du Jour: Expand Health Care Coverage to the Elderly or the Poor?

The four states that have the highest number of uninsured adults are also key battlegrounds in presidential and Senate elections. Warnock, who made health care a key plank of his 2020 campaign, is up for reelection in 2022. Democrats are eager to maintain or build upon their exceedingly narrow majority in the Senate. There are […]

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The Democrats’ Fear of Assigning a Number to the Debt Ceiling Is Lame and Ridiculous

Growing partisan rancor over the debt limit culminated in 2011, when a prolonged struggle by the Obama administration to get Congress to approve an increase prompted Standard & Poor’s to downgrade its credit rating on U.S. treasury bills. No credit agency had ever done this before, and none has done so since (though S&P has recently threatened that […]

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Nobody Gives a Rat’s Ass Whether the Debt Ceiling Gets Folded Into Reconciliation

McConnell’s strategy failed because people were starting to notice that the Republicans were playing Russian roulette with the economy. If the debt ceiling weren’t lifted, the Treasury would default on the various bonds, notes, and bills that it must float to cover the nation’s bills. Taxes aren’t sufficient to cover those bills because the budget […]

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Your Guide to the Debt Ceiling Disaster Toward Which America Is Hurtling

In 2004 and 2006 there were unanimous consent agreements to allow the vote to pass with a simple majority, but that outcome seems unlikely to be the case this time around. “That would require getting consent from every single Republican to lower the threshold to 51. I can’t imagine that would happen,” McConnell told reporters […]

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The Reconciliation Bill Is About Saving Democracy

Jayapal should stand her ground. However, she also has to recognize that unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that Manchin and Sinema have more leverage than she and the progressives do, because each of them can singlehandedly kill the bill. But she rose to the occasion. She has greatly enhanced her status and reputation, and I […]

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Manchin and Biden Are Two Doves, Crying

Instead, the hiccups that threatened to derail Biden’s agenda have come from the so-called moderate—perhaps more accurately dubbed conservative—wing, of Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and their lackeys in the House. They’re never satisfied, leaving the rest of the Democratic caucus to wonder why they are forced to scream at each other. This cohort of conservative Democrats […]

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Congress Is Finding Creative New Ways to Break Itself

Because there is little bipartisan overlap between the two parties, reconciliation has basically become the only option for the majority party to pass any of its priorities, because the minority will filibuster most every other issue. Democrats are using the reconciliation process to try to pass the Build Back Better Act, as it allows certain […]

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The Unbearable Whiteness of the Democratic Party…and America

The Unbearable Whiteness of the Democratic Party…and America Advertisement Of course, reconciliation is a complex process that can only be determined by the Senate Parliamentarian, who interprets the rules of the Senate. It’s not like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) can just fire or overrule the Parliamentarian. Except he can. It wouldn’t even be […]

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Stop Fretting About the Reconciliation Bill

Manchin as much as said this in his op-ed when he complained that the reconciliation bill was intended not “to solve urgent problems, but to re-envision America’s social policies.” Well, yes. Manchin wants to be seen as someone who’s reluctant to re-envision anything. So does Sinema. The imprecision of their opposition isn’t especially rational. It’s […]

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Mitch McConnell Is Getting Away With a Dangerous Debt Ceiling Gambit

As The Washington Post’s Paul Kane wrote last week, McConnell’s aim is to “keep GOP hands clean of all this new spending in advance of the 2022 midterm elections.” The fact that the media takes this at face value—remember, the debt ceiling rise accounts only for money that Congress has already agreed to spend—is a […]

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Moderate Democrats Are Sabotaging the Biden Agenda

It may be hard to remember, but six months ago, Democrats had a kind of super momentum. The euphoria of the early days of a new president, plus a fierce urgency to do what was necessary to slow the pandemic, brought congressional Democrats together to pass a sweeping, $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, covering everything […]

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