Senate Advances Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

A week after failing a vote, a newly agreed-to bipartisan bill on infrastructure passed a procedural vote in the Senate. Some caution it’s still not a done deal.


A bipartisan group of Senators got their negotiated infrastructure bill past the first procedural hurdle Wednesday night, advancing the legislation with 67 votes, more than enough votes to block a filibuster.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • CNN’s analysis called the bill a “mirage of hope”, intimating that despite the deal’s bipartisan support, Congress is “consumed by its poisoned antagonism” while predictably praising anti-Trump GOP Reps Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney. 
  • Newsweek and The Week highlighted the blowback Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema received from socialist Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Sinema’s announcement not to support the $3.5 trillion reconciliation deal that is comprised of Democratic spending priorities. 
  • The New York Times’ rundown of the bill’s substance effectively concludes it’s not big enough, quoting “transportation experts” saying it “would only begin to chip away at some of the nation’s pressing infrastructure needs.”



Author’s Take

CNN’s “analysis” is like the burn book in the movie Mean Girls. They mix gossip with name-calling and make everything about Trump. It reads as though 90% of the article was written weeks ago and the author was just waiting for a significant-enough bipartisan effort to emerge so he could disparage Congress.

RedState’s warning to Republicans completely fails to understand political realities outside of the conservative blogosphere. Yes, there will be nothing Republicans can do if Democrats have the votes to ram through a reconciliation package that sidesteps the Senate’s cloture rules. But calling Mitch McConnell “politically deficient” for supporting a bipartisan bill the focus of which enjoys wide support by the public is punditry deafness.

The bill will in all likelihood pass the Senate, with President Biden’s support. The question now is whether Schumer and Biden are able to put enough pressure on House Speaker Pelosi to bring it to the floor. It would pass. The four or so votes from AOC’s Squad matter very little in this situation when it is conceivable dozens of House Republicans will support the bill.

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