Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have once again been saved by a last-minute deal to keep the government operational.
Biden’s agenda hung in the balance, but Senator McConnell (R-KY) has once again bailed them out.
A deal was announced that will keep the government operational until February.
Giving Up Leverage
It is hard to remember the last time our government was capable of operating for more than a few months at a time.
It is also hard to remember one party giving up leverage it has when there is major legislation on the table that it is fighting so hard to block.
If McConnell wanted to play hardball, this week was the opportunity to do that.
While this reconciliation package is of no interest to Republicans, McConnell could have possibly negotiated some terms that would have better-suited conservatives in this country.
Even if it was only removing a few clauses from the bill, it would have been something.
Instead, he once again rallied the troops to bail out Schumer, even after Schumer blasted McConnell the last time he bailed him out.
If I recall, McConnell said that would not happen again, but, as usual, he lied, talked tough, and backed down again at the last minute because he is a spineless fraud.
After the deal was struck, Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) stated, “I was worried that it would happen, but I really felt that experience has taught us some lessons here, that absolutely no one wins.
“Default, government shutdown, all the disasters that occur are disasters that the American people blame on everyone. There’s no winner.”
Schumer was far more docile in his comments this time around, stating, “I’m happy to let the American people know the government remains open.”
What did Republicans get in return… nothing.
The only concession that Schumer offered up was a vote on a piece of legislation to remove Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses of more than 100 people.
So, once again, McConnell has failed conservatives and his party, yet there is no sense of urgency to replace him in his leadership role.
As long as that relic is leading Senate Republicans, it will be business as usual in DC, which means the American people will continue to get served the short end of the stick.
Source: The Hill