Democrats clasp the bulk successful the House of Representatives.
They clasp a constrictive bulk successful the Senate.
They person the White House.
And up until past week, they really believed they could marque communal origin with republicans for the bully of the republic.
But Senate Minority Leader Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell said the quiescent portion retired large during the two-week July 4 legislature recess erstwhile helium returned to Kentucky and admitted to NBC News “the epoch of bipartisanship connected this worldly is over.”
The “this stuff” helium refers to is the “American Jobs Plan,” which seeks to cut greenhouse state emissions, address radical and economical disparities that pb to higher contamination successful communities of color, distribute electric car charging stations across the country, and create tens of thousands of well-paying national jobs transitioning the state distant from fossil fuels.
McConnell had tapped West Va. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to beryllium the enactment constituent idiosyncratic to negociate with the Biden administration.
The archetypal spending connection for the bundle was $2.3 trillion.
Despite not voting for it, McConnell boasted to his constituents astir the magnitude their authorities is going receive:
“So you’re going to get a batch much money. I didn’t ballot for it, but you’re going to get a batch much money. Cities and counties successful Kentucky volition get adjacent to $700-800 million. If you adhd up the full magnitude that’ll travel into our state: $4 billion…. So my proposal to members of the legislature and different section officials: Spend it wisely due to the fact that hopefully this windfall doesn’t travel on again…. We’ve floated wholly excessively overmuch money.”
McConnell, successful Kentucky, talks Biden's $1.9T Covid alleviation law: "It passed connected a consecutive enactment enactment vote… So you're going to get a batch much money. I didn't ballot for it, but you're going to get a batch much money. Cities and counties successful Kentucky volition get adjacent to $700-800 million."
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 6, 2021
“Hopefully this windfall doesn’t travel on again.”
He really announced to his constituents that they should not expect immoderate much fiscal relief.
Audacious, but not surprising.
This has been McConnell’s modus operandi since helium pronounced backmost astatine the opening of Obama’s archetypal term that, amid the worst economical conditions since the enactment Great Depression of 1929, his number-one precedence was not to stanch the 700,000 jobs a month we were hemorrhaging and get the system humming again.
His superior interest was to guarantee Barack Obama was a one-term president.
The nighttime of January 20, 2009, portion recently sworn-in Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were bouncing from inaugural shot to inaugural ball, a group of almighty Republicans convened successful the backmost country of Washington D.C.’s “Caucus Room” edifice to hedge a program to stymie the archetypal African American president’s legacy.
That program included obfuscating and circumventing immoderate authorities Obama mightiness support.
Congressman Pete Sessions vowed to employ “Taliban-like” tactics.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy–today the House Minority Leader–promised to obstruct each portion of legislation, adjacent ones his enactment antecedently supported.
According to writer Robert Draper successful his book Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, McCarthy is quoted arsenic saying:
“If you enactment similar you’re the minority, you’re going to enactment successful the minority. We’ve gotta situation them connected each azygous measure and situation them connected each azygous campaign.”
A twelvemonth later, enactment Sen. Mitch McConnell warned Obama to clasp the GOP lest helium endure the destiny of being a one-term president.
Obama recounts successful his memoir A Promised Land a speech helium had with enactment Sen. Chuck Grassley astir republicans’ transient demands for the changes they wished to spot to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare.”
After months of bending implicit backwards to placate republicans, Obama asked Grassley if helium would enactment immoderate wellness attraction measure that included each enactment demands.
Grassley replied, “I conjecture not, Mr. President.”
Sen. Mike Enzi led Democrats connected for months connected healthcare earlier yet admitting helium ne'er had immoderate volition of voting for the bill.
When it came to immigration, GOP lawmakers demanded Obama’s superior absorption should person been connected information and enforcement.
After gathering their demands, republicans voted against a broad betterment bill.
Did republicans “reach crossed the aisle” during the 2 years they were successful the bulk the archetypal 2 years of Donald Trump’s presidency?
Not connected your life.
Why would they?
If they weren’t going to bash it erstwhile they weren’t successful power, wherefore would we presume they would erstwhile they were?
So present the bipartisan imagination is dashed, Democrats request to publically repetition what Minority Leader McConnell announced if they basal a accidental of retaining the bulk aft adjacent year’s mid-term elections.
They besides request to propulsion the progressive docket President Biden came into bureau championing.