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Republicans Left Out In The Legislative Cold, Again

Echoes of Georgia.

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There are so many scenarios that would have kept Senate control in the hands of Republicans. No virus, no Democrat cheating, most of all, no Trump sticking his nose in the race and bellowing contradictory messages every other day. But alas, all those things happened and Republicans are shut out of congressional leadership.

We saw the consequences of that in the first stimulus bill. We may see it on HR1. And now, the Democrats may shove through more legislative travesties on infrastructure, energy, taxes, and social policy. All made possible by their double win in Georgia. If I were a WaPo reporter or a CDC director, it would be enough to make me cry.

FNC: “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is exploring how to pass President Biden’s third economic spending bill later this year without any Republican votes via an obscure Senate rule that would allow Democrats to use reconciliation again. Top policy aides to Schumer recently argued to the Senate parliamentarian, a nonpartisan referee, that Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act allows Democrats to pass at least a third bill this year using a simple majority, an aide for the New York Democrat told Fox News. Democrats already used budget reconciliation to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan earlier this month, and are considering using the method again to bypass GOP votes on Biden’s forthcoming infrastructure bill.

“The complicated Senate process allows Democrats to circumvent the 60-vote filibuster and advance the measure using their 50 seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any tie. Without reconciliation, which can be used on certain tax, spending and debt limit bills, Democrats would need to secure the support of at least 10 Republicans.”

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“Schumer wants to maximize his options to allow Senate Democrats multiple pathways to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda if Senate Republicans try to obstruct or water down a bipartisan agreement,” the aide said. “No final decision has been made on the legislative strategy. We are simply arguing that additional reconciliation bills may be considered for [this fiscal year].”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky recently said that bipartisan support will not be forthcoming for this move. The US Chamber of Commerce said the proposed tax hikes in the infrastructure bill would “make the United States a less attractive place to invest profits and locate corporate headquarters.”

They’re right. They can do it. Even if they weren’t right they’d muscle it through anyway. The tax hikes in the bill, as leaked, will raise the corporate tax rate to 28%, increase the global minimum tax paid from about 13% to 21%, end federal subsidies for fossil fuel companies, and mandate multinational companies to pay the U.S. tax rate rather than the lower rates offered by foreign subsidiaries. And that’s only business taxes. Expect it to pass. By next year, just in time for midterm elections, also expect the usual Democrat recession to set in.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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