(RoyalPatriot.com )- Democrats are about to push forward with their massive infrastructure bill, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to fight as hard as he possibly could to stop it.
On Tuesday, McConnell said there would be a “big argument” between the two parties and President Joe Biden as liberals try to push through yet another massive spending bill that has little to do with infrastructure.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will hold a vote on the small bipartisan infrastructure bill in the near future. Democrats then hope to pass their much larger, one-sided bill sometime before Senate recesses in August.
And they plan to do so by using budget reconciliation, since it’s very unlikely they’ll get even one Republican to support their plan — let alone the 10 needed to avoid the filibuster.
As McConnell said recently:
“The era of bipartisanship on this stuff is over. This is not going to be done on a bipartisan basis. This is going to be a hell of a fight over what this country ought to look like in the future, and it’s going to unfold here in the next few weeks. I don’t think we’ve had a bigger difference of opinion between the two parties.
“There is a process by which they could pass this without a single Republican. But we’re going to make it hard for them. And there are a few Democrats left in rural America and some others who would like to be more in the political center who may find this offensive.”
What McConnell is referencing is the fact that Democrats need to woo moderate Senator Joe Manchin to get him on board with their agenda. The West Virginia Democrat can be a real wrench in the side of his party, as he often fights back against big spending and some ultra-progressive plans.
But, Democrats will need to get him on board. The only way to pass their plan through budget reconciliation is to get a majority vote. With all 50 Republicans unlikely to support the bill, that means all 50 Democrats would need to vote in favor of it.
In addition to Manchin, Democrats also have to appease moderate Senator Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. While she and Manchin have both said they would be open to using budget reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill, they haven’t committed to how much they’d be willing to stomach.
That makes it very incumbent on Democratic leadership to craft a bill that those two moderate senators can accept. In the end, it may mean reducing the overall price tag of the plan, since they often don’t like free spending as much as some of the other liberals do.
In the meantime, McConnell promised his party would do everything it could to fight back, saying:
“On things of this magnitude … we’re not going to have an agreement. We’re going to have a big argument … There’s no mandate to do this stuff. So, we’re there to argue about this and to hopefully in the end prevail.”