GoLocalProv | Potholes Torpedo Infrastructure Bill for Now – “Sunday Political Brunch”
Sunday 13 June 2021
It has been a busy, fast and furious week in the world of politics. We’ve been talking here for weeks about various infrastructure bills being considered by the White House and Congress. Last week, President Joe Biden finally ended negotiations with the Republicans. And if you believe it, “I have a bridge that I want to sell to you!” “Let’s brunch on that this week, because the talks will resume.”
“Infrastructure collapse” –I have been watching this closely because multi-billion (if not multi-billion) dollar infrastructure bills are such a big deal, as they hit every state and congressional district in the nation. President Biden had had direct talks with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) West Virginia, who was leading the Republican Senate caucus on the bill. The President first offered $ 2.4 trillion, and the GOP responded with $ 568 billion, then increased the anti to around $ 978 billion. The White House fell to around $ 1.7 trillion, but it was still part of the light year.
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“Rupturing is difficult to do” – On Tuesday, after a few phone calls and Oval Office meetings to negotiate with Senator Capito, President Biden called her and ended the talks. “After negotiating in good faith and making significant progress in getting closer to what the president wanted, I am disappointed with his decision,” Capito said. She added that the president was ready to settle down to $ 1 trillion, which tells you that they were close.
“Is it just ‘biden’ his time? ‘” – White House press secretary Jenn Psaki responded by saying, “(Biden) informed Senator Capito today that his group’s latest offer did not, in his opinion, meet the basic needs of our country to restore our roads and bridges, prepare for our clean energy future and create jobs.
“The ‘Third Rail'” – So once the direct talks with the GOP collapsed, what happened next? Well, a third group, this one bipartisan, has emerged offering another option. A group of five Democrats and five Republicans have proposed a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. (Remember a few weeks ago I predicted they would compromise at $ 1.2 trillion, so I’m not a fool!) As you can guess, this group includes more flexible lawmakers , instead of rigid party ideologues, such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D) West Virginia and Senator Mitt Romney (D) Utah.
“The Paris Window! ” – Friends, here is the conclusion. 2022 is an election year and control of the US House and Senate is at stake. Do you really think either side wants to leave Washington, DC without a infrastructure be done? Building roads and highways means “bringing the bacon home” to your congressional district and state. It means direct jobs and a lot of other economic activities. But it needs to be approved now because construction offers take a long time to come up. Both parties know this and know that it is important to the incumbent. I bet we have a bill signed before Labor Day (highly symbolic) or shortly after. Again, $ 1.2 trillion is my bet.
“The launch of Trump on social networks” –I have written in recent weeks about the aggressive launch of Trump’s new social media platform now that he’s been banned from Twitter and Facebook. The requests have become more aggressive (even conflicting). “Humbly ask one last time… Do you plan to join Trump if he launches a new social site? You have 1 hour to stand with Trump & House GOP until the link closes. And then hours later: “Your countdown has expired. You have one last chance. We’ve been texting and emailing you for days and your name is STILL MISSING. You officially have 60 minutes left to add your name before the card is permanently locked! Again, to join, you must pay money. In my 45 years of working in media, I have never paid a candidate for content, and I never will. It’s unethical! And I don’t appreciate bullying emails. The First Amendment is like a free press, so get me out !!
“Who is in charge in 2022? “ – Many say 2022 could be the most important midterm election in American history! Oh, I know, we’ve heard this story before, but it might be true. Certainly, during my lifetime, the midterm elections of 1994 were perhaps the most important. Republicans took control of the United States Senate and House for the first time in forty years. It was a scathing rebuke from the first two years of President Bill Clinton’s administration. The margins are so tight right now in both chambers that they could be cut either way at this point.
“Keep Fighter Pilot Amy McGrath on Your Radar” – I said during the 2020 campaign that one of the most impressive candidates I have met was Amy McGrath, the Democrat who ran against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky, who was then leader of majority in the Senate. A former military fighter pilot, her resume is impressive and she is tough as nails. Now she’s engaged as a fundraiser for the 2022 Candidates. The headline of her email says Democrats are targeting specific Republicans in 2022. “So far we’ve announced Senator Ron Johnson (WI) as our first target. He is by far the most prominent senator from a state Biden has won that has repeatedly defended the Jan. 6 attack and perpetuated the Big Lie, ”his website says. Play! As we will see in many races.
“Happy birthday to the ‘Sunday political brunch'” – Friends, this column was launched 10 years ago today. I have so many supporters and readers nationwide who have trusted me in this crazy business from top to bottom. I would like to thank my writing team, Mary Jo Swartz, Mel Bautista, Shirley Ware, my wife Kathi Curtis and my sister Tyler Curtis, for their weekly support. Well done to Al Sandubrae from Nexstar Media, and before, for supporting me. Thanks also to Brian Copeland and Ronn Owens of KGO Radio in San Francisco. I want to thank my politically influential and wise mentor Jamie Dupree for his over 37 years of guidance, insight and knowledge. [email protected] . And thank you very much and thank Josh Fenton and Kate Nagle on www.GoLocalProv.com for their leadership and support. We make profit! Strongly, ten more years!
Mark Curtis, Ed.D., is the chief political reporter for the seven Nexstar Media television stations serving West Virginia, its five neighboring states, and the entire Washington, DC media market. He is also a contributing writer and political analyst of MINDSETTER ™ for www.GoLocal.Prov.com and all of its affiliates.
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