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Democrats score win for infrastructure bill

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/06/21, 06:09 pm

The Senate parliamentarian gave President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure spending bill a boost on Monday. Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Democrats may use budget reconciliation to pass the measure.

What does that mean? Budget reconciliation allows Democrats to avoid a filibuster, which would hold up the bill unless it got 60 votes—a virtual impossibility in the divided Senate. But that doesn’t mean the $2.3 trillion dollar proposal is a done deal. With the Senate evenly split between the parties, Democrats can’t afford to lose any support from their own members. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he opposes raising the corporate tax rate above 25 percent. Biden wants to increase it to 28 percent to help pay for the infrastructure bill.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew explaining how the budget reconciliation process kept a minimum wage hike out of the coronavirus relief package.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 04/07/2021 08:26 am

    We are providing the rope to economically hang ourselves. When a people forget God they do go insane for we are made for a relationship with Him. The Bible is so true! 

    Posted: Wed, 04/07/2021 05:13 pm

    Maybe we should have gotten out the vote in Georgia instead of depressing it with the false election fraud narrative. If Republicans had won those two Senate races, Biden's legislative agenda would be seriously curtailed. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 04/09/2021 04:26 pm

    You think no one on the right was trying to get out the conservative vote in Georgia?  An immense amount of money was spent by both sides, if dollar amounts are any indication. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 04/09/2021 04:34 pm

    I don't know what the rest of you are seeing, but I have found quite a few price increases lately, both obvious and sneaky (the cracker box is the same size but the inner packets are smaller), on products I buy. Like groceries, toiletries. Gas of course. Inflation is an inevitable consequence of current out-of-control government spending.  I've been happily getting by on my Social Security, but I can see that might not be possible soon. 

    I have never been able to figure out why Democratic economic theory is so much different from what I learned in school many years ago!  Is it because they believe in magic?