WASHINGTON – Go big or become bipartisan?
When President Biden was first confronted with this question earlier this year regarding his Covid-19 relief plan, he decided to go big, opting for his $ 1.9 trillion package over the Senate GOP offer of $ 600 billion. (Notably, these 10 Senate Republicans never made another counter-offer to split the difference between the two proposals.)
Now Biden faces the same question on his more than $ 2 trillion infrastructure / jobs plan versus the Senate GOP counter-offer of nearly $ 568 billion. But this time around, it looks like the bipartisan negotiations are much more serious than they were in January.
On Thursday evening, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.V., said she had “Constructive” call with Biden on the GOP proposal. And on “Meet the Press” yesterday, Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, agreed that the prospects for a bipartisan compromise on infrastructure are more promising than they were on relief from Covid-19.
“I think it will be a better opportunity. And frankly, if the White House is to work with us, this is a deal we can do. The infrastructure has always been two-party, ”said Portman.
But the answers to these three questions will determine whether Biden becomes great or bipartisan.
First, how do you pay for this? Or do you even pay for it?
Democrats want to pay for their infrastructure / jobs package by raising the corporate tax rate, while Republicans are against it and have instead offered user fees and found other savings.
Second, how quickly are Republicans getting to the negotiating table? Or are they dragging their feet?
Aware of how Senate Republicans blocked Obamacare in 2009, Biden’s White House “wants to see counter-offers to Biden’s $ 2.25 trillion infrastructure plan by the middle of this month,” and if progress is not made by Memorial Day, officials will reassess their strategy. to try to build bipartisan support, said a person familiar with the negotiations, ”report Sahil Kapur and Shannon Pettypiece of NBC.
And three, what does Senator Joe Manchin, DW.V. want? Does he demand a regular order and insist that a compromise in good faith is still possible?
Or is he ultimately okay with Democrats getting tall and lonely – as long as the bill is good for West Virginia?
Of course, there’s an additional question if Democrats and Republicans are able to come together on a lean infrastructure package: do Democrats then use reconciliation to pass whatever other things they currently want from their package. infrastructure – such as climate, care for the elderly and corporate taxes?
Two Republicans advance to Texas House second round as Democrats are kicked out
In last weekend’s Congressional Special Election in Texas’ Sixth Congressional District, the top 2 finalists were both Republicans, resulting in Democrats being excluded from a runoff in a district Donald Trump won by just 3 points in 2020.
Republican Susan Wright – the widow of Republican Ron Wright, R-Texas, who died in February, creating the vacancy – got 19.2% of the vote, and fellow Republican Jake Ellzey got 13.8%.
Wright and Ellzey will face off in a second round to be set after last weekend’s vote is certified.
Democrat Jana Lynn Sanchez got 13.4% of the vote, finishing behind Ellzey with just 354 votes.
In fact, if Sanchez had received the 1,000 votes that the seventh-place Democrat in this field of 23 candidates got, she would have more than qualified for the second round.
As well as Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report RemarksThe Democrats’ failure to make it to the second round was both a story of low Democratic turnout and the party not picking a candidate for its voters.
Wasserman add, however: “But strategically, they were right not to waste millions: the TX Rs will be able to redesign it before 2022, so that doesn’t matter to the majority.”
Downloading data: the numbers you need to know today
More than 19 percent: The share of the vote won by GOP favorite Susan Wright in Saturday’s Texas special election, which saw two Republicans advance to a run-off.
32,575,434: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 30,701 more than Friday morning.)
581,211: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the most recent data from NBC News. (It’s 1815 more than yesterday morning.)
245 591 469: The number of doses of vaccine administered in the United States
29.1 percent: The share of fully immunized Americans
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