The President Wades Into The Congressional Morass

September 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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September 22, 2021

Last night, the House passed the continuing resolution that would keep the government funded for a few months and suspend the debt ceiling through next December.

Alas, Republicans have made clear that the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. Many GOP senators have already announced their opposition. If this strikes you as shockingly irresponsible (it is), remember that Democrats can hike the ceiling through reconciliation, which Republicans expect them to ultimately do.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is getting his hands dirty. He’s holding meetings at the White House with various House members today, as well as congressional leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). His mission? To keep moderates from annihilating the two-track infrastructure plan that contains a good chunk of his agenda.

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Last night, the House passed the continuing resolution that would keep the government funded for a few months and suspend the debt ceiling through next December.

Alas, Republicans have made clear that the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. Many GOP senators have already announced their opposition. If this strikes you as shockingly irresponsible (it is), remember that Democrats can hike the ceiling through reconciliation, which Republicans expect them to ultimately do.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is getting his hands dirty. He’s holding meetings at the White House with various House members today, as well as congressional leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). His mission? To keep moderates from annihilating the two-track infrastructure plan that contains a good chunk of his agenda.

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  1. It is important to state from the outset that there are other people working on these pieces of legislation beside the Drama Group.

    And Biden is not part of that group at all.

  2. Biden is deluded if he thinks he has Congressional Dem majorities on his side in any fight. Purple and Red state Dems have to cater to Trump’s base.

  3. No, they don’t. They have bought into that canard, but that isn’t really true.

  4. Congressional Morass?

    Last thing congress needs is more ass…

  5. Avatar for pinkie pinkie says:

    The politics of shutdown/debt ceiling fights usually do not favor the party that gets blamed for the shutdown. I wonder if the ability of the majority party to use reconciliation changes this significantly or whether that is inside baseball as far as most of the Country is concerned.

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