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Biden sets aside bipartisanship on COVID-19 relief

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/05/21, 05:58 pm

Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate on Friday. By a vote of 51-50, Democrats executed a procedural move that will allow them to adopt President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief proposal as a part of the budget reconciliation process. The House approved it Friday afternoon. That means the final stimulus bill can eventually pass in the Senate with just a simple majority instead of the 60 votes typically needed to end a filibuster and bring a bill up for a vote. Democrats say they want to enact the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan by mid-March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid is set to expire.

Wasn’t Biden going to work with Republicans on this bill? The president met on Monday with 10 GOP senators who pitched a $618 billion alternative. He said in a speech on Friday that aid at that level would only prolong the economic pain. Some economic analysts—most notably Larry Summers, who served as treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton—said the pandemic’s economic conditions are bad, but not bad enough to justify the extreme price tag of Biden’s proposal.

Dig deeper: Read Joel Belz’s commentary on Biden’s big-spending ways.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sun, 02/07/2021 05:01 am

    The heading worth noting would read something like, "Biden sets aside partisanship on __________!" In practice as well as in much of the rhetoric there is no pretense of bipartisanship by Biden or his party. The vast majority of the time when we hear the clarion call for unity and bipartisanship it is for the Republicans to ignore or abandon their principles and join the Democrats. We will likely be able to count on one hand the number of times there really is bipartisanship except on big spending. There the quibble will be only be in regards to the size of the largesse.

  • MTJanet
    Posted: Mon, 02/08/2021 02:26 pm

    Or the newsworthy heading could read "Biden actually promotes unity by______."  Not expecting it, but it would be worth noting.  

    Posted: Mon, 02/08/2021 04:05 pm

    UNITY is a term that communists use. 

    Posted: Mon, 02/08/2021 04:17 pm

    "The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies" by Ryszard Legutko

    This book will tell you where we are now and where we are headed. 


  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 02/08/2021 10:11 pm

    Heard a great interview of Mr. Legutko discussing his book with Hank Hanegraaf. Legutko "lived the dream" in communist-controlled Poland. The parallels between his experience behind the Iron Curtain and what is rapidly evolving in the US today are sobering. Similarly, Rod Dreher's book Live Not by Lies also foretells scary times ahead for freedom loving people in our country.