This time is no different….
The Defense Bill WILL be pasted by both House’s of Congress with majorities that will lock President Trump out of vetoing it….
It’s actually for President Biden to work with….
The next major piece of legislation is a 2021 spending bill….
THAT WILL be passed also…
There is little to no worry about a government shutdown….
But the piece of legislation that is still up in the air is a stimulus/virus bill…
The same Republicans who went along the ‘debt king’ Trump’s wild spending compounded by a tax cut/givaway are all the sudden fiscal spending worried?
Never mind that there IS a pandemic and a LOT of people don’t have jobs and are about to lose benefits….
One gets the impression that US Senate Majority leader McConnell and his merry men want to hang things going sideways to Joe Biden in 40 days…
In the end?
Like it has ALWAYS been?
The people we elect and pay to rep us WILL pull together pass bills to make things go forward…
How good to go forward?
Even they don’t know….
It’s still two weeks before Christmas, plenty of time in congressional parlance to roll together a $1.4 trillion year-end spending bill with hundreds of billions more in Covid aid. Maybe, somehow the bipartisan group finds success and bridges partisan chasms on money for local governments and shielding businesses from litigation. Or perhaps party leaders come out of their shells and cobble together a deal at the last moment.
Congressional aides in both parties said leadership staffers have been talking all along, even though it’s been a week since Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have talked — their first meaningful conversation on the issue in weeks — and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and McConnell have had no recent specific conversation about coronavirus. Pelosi herself bristled at Republicans who hoped she’d talk to McConnell: “Tell them to go meet with McConnell,” she quipped.
Top lawmakers can’t even agree on where to start negotiations, much less how to finish them. Pelosi and Schumer continue to promote the bipartisan Senate talks but senior Republicans have coalesced around the White House’s $916 billion bill.
On Wednesday, McConnell’s staff informed House and Senate leadership staffers that the bipartisan group’s attempts to marry $160 billion in state and local aid and a temporary liability shield — major sticking points in the ongoing talks — probably won’t fly with most of the GOP, according to a senior Democrat familiar with the discussion.
It marked a major blow to ongoing bipartisan discussions. And Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a leader of those talks, suggested Congress may need to punt disagreements on liability and local government aid until next year.
And lawmakers in both parties continue to squabble internally about what they should and shouldn’t accept in a deal….