OnPolitics: Republicans pump the brakes on infrastructure


Wednesday was a dramatic day in Washington!

First: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy join the tit-for-tat fight over members of a House panel investigation into the January 6 US Capitol riots.

Again: Senate Republicans blocked President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill as lawmakers bargained over the details of the law.

its girlsWell, let’s dive right in.

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An infrastructure vote failed, but talks are not over

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the start of a formal debate on the bipartisan infrastructure law, a core part of President Joe Biden’s economic plan, because the bill’s text and costs were not available as talks continued.

The 51-49 vote against starting the debate, which needed to clear the 60-vote threshold to be successful, came after a series of late-night talks.

now what? Senators from both parties called the setback temporary, with another vote expected as soon as Monday. This would give negotiators time to draft the law and score how much it would cost.

The 22-member bipartisan negotiating group issued a statement after the vote, saying a final agreement was near.

“We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement,” the statement said. “We will continue to work hard to make sure we get this important legislation right – and are optimistic that we will finalize this historic bipartisan resolution, and be ready to move forward.”

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Pelosi vs McCarthy

Here’s what happened: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday dismissed two Republican members for a select committee investigating the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Republicans didn’t take it well. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by threatening to kick House Republicans out of the process. McCarthy said Pelosi’s action “represents a gross abuse of power.”

How do we get here? McCarthy selected five Republicans to join the committee on Monday: ranking member Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.

But, but, but: Pelosi Reps because of her opposition to certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election and criticizing the selection committee’s investigation. Banks and Jordan were not on. Pelosi cited both of those factors in rejecting both.

now what? In a press briefing, McCarthy reiterated that Republicans may launch another investigation into the Capitol riot. The Select Committee will hear next week.

Don’t forget to go on a walk this week! —mabinty



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