Senate Lacks Votes to Pass Stimulus
A front-page story in today’s WaPo makes official what had long seemed obvious: “Senate Democratic leaders conceded yesterday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill as currently written and said that to gain bipartisan support, they will seek to cut provisions that would not provide an immediate boost to the economy.”
Oddly, this is exactly what the Senate is supposed to do in our system: act as the “saucer” to “cool” hastily considered legislation passed by the more passionate House. It’s been a while since it performed this function on a major bill.
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