Lots of the usual hand-wringing here about how President Biden is so wedded to “bipartisanship” that he won’t admit the Republicans will do anything to stop him. Well, check this out:
White House officials told House Democrats Tuesday to get ready to go it alone on infrastructure, setting the stage for party leaders to tap an obscure budget procedure to move President Biden‘s top domestic priority without Republican support.
From the meeting:
“They’re giving it a week or 10 days more and that’s about it,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), chairman of the Budget Committee, said as he emerged from the meeting. “And then we move along with reconciliation — for everything.”
In order to Biden to sell the full range of Democrats on going it alone, he first had to make an effort to bring Republicans on board — and it had to be a genuine effort, even though he had to have known all along that it would be futile.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, said the White House officials instructed Democrats to prepare for two separate tracks: one allowing for a bipartisan agreement, the other empowering Democrats to act alone.
“If they choose the obstruction pathway, then we’re prepared to do what is necessary to get the American jobs plan over the finish line,” Jeffries warned.
In short, they are expecting to go it alone, and are prepared to do just that:
“We’re assuming right now that everything will be done by reconciliation —everything meaning the jobs plan and the families plan,” Yarmuth said. “That doesn’t preclude a bipartisan agreement. If one happens, we just take that part out of the instructions. But right now we’re assuming everything will be [done by reconciliation].”
So, can we keep the wailing and gnashing of teeth down to a dull roar for a while? We chose Biden because of his long experience with making sausage … legislation, which means he knows what he’s doing.