Sen. Bernie Sanders Says Democrats Don’t Need GOP Support to Approve ,000 Stimulus Checks and Cancel Student Debt
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“The Senate’s 60-vote threshold to pass major legislation has become an excuse for inaction,” Sanders wrote. “But let’s be clear: We have the tools to overcome these procedural hurdles.”
Reconciliation allows the Senate to pass bills fairly quickly and with a simple majority, as they are not subject to filibuster. The maneuver, first used by Congress in 1980, is mainly aimed at budget and spending legislation that need quick consideration.
“When the Republicans controlled the Senate during the George W. Bush and Trump presidencies, they used reconciliation to pass trillions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations. They also used reconciliation to try and repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017,” Sanders wrote. “Today, Democrats must use this same process to lift Americans out of poverty, increase wages and create good-paying jobs.”
“If Republicans would like to work with us, we should welcome them,” he added. “But their support is not necessary.”
Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with the Democrats, emphasized that the party must move urgently as millions of Americans are still struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without action, he warned, Democrats may end up in the minority in the 2022 midterm elections.
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January 23, 2021 at 6:15 PM #397541Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Unfortunately, Democrats have absolutely no intention of doing what he is urging them to do, and he’s not going to call them out for it when they don’t. The inconvenient truth is that neither Nancy Pelosi nor Joe Biden want to give Americans $2000 checks, and they are going to make sure it doesn’t happen while blaming anyone but themselves.
2009 wasn’t all that long ago. I remember how Obama let us down, and Joe Biden is doing the exact same thing, only he’s more in-our-faces about it.
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January 23, 2021 at 7:10 PM #397550MackMarksteinParticipant
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What was the maneuver that Nancy used when the ACA first passed? It wasn’t gonna get a majority, probably in the Senate, otherwise. This was 2009 I believe.
I believe it was reconciliation. It involved a budgetary meeting between the House and Senate.
If the Dems claim that’s out of the question now, that’s just the latest foul-smelling decision from The Swamp. Bernie could be even a little more vocal about Dems’ recent history of using reconciliation. As opposed to it being unprecedented and something that only Rethugs would do. Rethugs play hard-ball, Dems famously pretend to be afraid to seem confrontational with those across that aisle.
January 23, 2021 at 7:17 PM #397551MackMarksteinParticipant
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Part of it was.
The part that everyone remembers, probably because of loud Rethug objections that this was back-room dead-of-night stuff affecting the lives of Americans, etc.:
“The Democrats played by the rules in 2010 in overcoming a filibuster to first pass the ACA, and then using the reconciliation process to pass a second bill making strictly budgetary changes in existing law.”
I guess I can trust that particular WaPo article; consider the author and all of that.
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