Tag: Filibuster

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Build Back Faster or Build Back Longer?

Extending programs in the short term could amount to a high-risk, high-reward scenario—if a program like the expanded child tax credit becomes entrenched, benefiting voters of both parties, it would be far more difficult politically for Republicans to allow it to expire. Glassman compared the idea to tax cuts implemented under the Bush administration, which […]

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Cory Booker Is Still Optimistic About The Senate, Despite—You Know—Everything

“If you love a person, tell the truth, so I’m telling the truth. Some of these shenanigans I just have little patience for.” Cattle policy is one thing. But other, more immediate issues—say, suspending the debt ceiling—are quite another. He does have some stern words for the “rank hypocrisy” of Republicans who filibustered a suspension […]

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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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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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What Will Democrats Tell Voters If They Screw This Up?

Some cases in point: As Grace Segers recently reported, the expansion of the child tax credit has proven to be an incredibly effective policy and a political slam dunk with massive public support. But there aren’t enough Democrats who support maintaining it, so it will probably expire. Last week, a plan to allow Medicare to […]

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Joe Manchin Might Single-Handedly Upend the Child Tax Credit

The question of work requirements is a serious one that has been raised before, primarily by conservatives who fear that the credit will act as a disincentive for unemployed parents to find work. But studies on work requirements for social programs such as Medicaid and SNAP show that unemployment is often due to health concerns […]

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