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Author: BobR    Date: 05/31/2023 12:58:38

Watching Republicans in Congress trying to fight back against a debt deal, and the last-minute timing of it reminds me of being in school, and trying to learn everything for the finals the night before the Big Test. After weeks of doing anything but, they finally have to face the music. The bill passed out of committee last night, and faces two critical votes (in the full House, and the Senate). This was essentially hammered out by President Biden and Speaker McCarthy (R-CA), with McCarthy failing to keep up with Dark Brandon.

Hard-liners in both parties do not like this bill. The Republican members of the oxymoronically named "Republican Freedom Caucus" and Democrats like AOC have all stated they will not vote for this bill. Members of both parties who are not as extreme will likely vote for it. I am sure this will leave Marjorie Three-Toes in a quandary, seeing as how her nose is brown from being up McCarthy's ass, but she also is a MAGAt troglodyte.

So what's in this bill? Per CNN:
  • Addresses the debt ceiling
  • Caps non-defense spending
  • Protects veterans’ medical care
  • Expands work requirements
  • Claws back some Covid-19 relief funds
  • Cuts Internal Revenue Service funding
  • Restarts student loan repayments
  • Maintains climate and clean energy measures
  • Expedites pipeline in West Virginia
(more details at the link...)

It's that last one that really has eco-Dems furious. This is a blatant concession to Joe Manchin (D-WV) to get his vote in the Senate:
The inclusion of a West Virginia gas pipeline championed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the debt ceiling deal is causing consternation among Democrats.

Getting the pipeline into the must-pass legislation is a huge victory for Manchin, who has been pushing for congressional approval of the project to fulfill a deal he made with Democratic leaders.

But it’s also both a surprise — and hugely controversial with Democrats and environmental groups who say it will lock in lock in more years of fossil-fuel dependency for the country. They say the project is circumventing normal procedures for such works.

“Singling out the Mountain Valley Pipeline for approval in a vote about our nation’s credit limit is an egregious act,” Peter Anderson, Virginia policy director with Appalachian Voices, said in a statement Sunday.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said he will try to strip that provision from the bill once it reaches the Senate. If successful, it will need to go back to the House for a re-vote, assuming it passes the Senate without the obvious giveaway to Manchin.

June 5th (the day we hit the debt limit) is just a few days away. Tick Tock...

8 comments (Latest Comment: 05/31/2023 17:33:56 by TriSec)
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