Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden overplayed their hand a few months ago by publicly pretending that the Democrats had some sort of mandate to transform America into a communist dump. Their progressive wish list had all sorts of nation-destroying agenda items on it: Amnesty, gun confiscation, through-the-roof taxes, outlawing freelancing, forcing everyone to have a sex change operation – you name it. They were going to punish all of us Trumpers, and that was that. But there were always a couple of things working against them. One was the clock. The other was the Byzantine maze of rules in the US Senate. And the Senate rules just dropped a big anvil on the head of the Pelosi-Schumer-Biden agenda.
Reality started to set two months ago when the Democrats’ dreams of nuking the filibuster were shot down. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) announced that they are both firm “No” votes on that dumb idea. To his great credit, Manchin refused to budge on this even after Joe Biden tried to bribe him with a cushy and lucrative federal appointment for Mrs. Manchin. Word also has it that there are several additional “No” votes among the Senate Democrats, but they are just hiding behind Manchin and Sinema for now.
And with the filibuster still in place, any legislation needs a full 60 votes to pass the filibuster hurdle in the Senate.
Chuck Schumer thought he had come up with a gimmick to navigate around the filibuster last month. To send a bill to reconciliation (where the House and Senate hash out the differences), it only takes a 51-vote majority in the Senate. Schumer announced that they would just do that with all of their commie nation-destroying bills. This sounded scary to normal Americans on paper. But it turns out that idea is now dead as well.
Even though he’s the Senate Majority Leader, Schumer can’t just unilaterally change the rules to benefit the Democrat Party. Even that has layers and layers of rules in the Senate, which need to be interpreted. That job falls to the Senate Parliamentarian.
And the Senate Parliamentarian just squished all of Pelosi-Schumer-Biden’s* dreams like a bug on a windshield. The rules surrounding reconciliation are too difficult for normal people to even understand. I can’t even explain this rule interpretation to you in plain English, because I don’t understand it myself. But I can tell you what the rule interpretation effectively does, which will explain why Nancy Pelosi is probably drinking an extra box of wine to drown her sorrows tonight.
The Parliamentarian has ruled on Schumer’s plan that only budget and taxation bills can skirt the filibuster through the reconciliation process. And even those would have to go through the full committee process twice to iron them out, dragging out the legislative process to unimaginable lengths. In plain terms, even if Schumer tries this stunt, it would lead to government shutdowns because no budget bill would get passed on time, ever again.
More importantly, none of the Democrat Party’s woke social justice bills stand any chance of passage. That includes gun confiscation, which they’ll never find 10 Republicans to vote in favor of. It includes the insane ProAct, which would outlaw the professions of 59 million working freelancers in America. Pause for a second and reflect on the fact that the Democrat Party eagerly wants to put 59 million hardworking subcontractors out of work completely. These people are crazy.
There’s no reason to believe they’ll find 10 Republicans to vote in favor of amnesty, especially if they try to move any legislation like that right now. The same goes for slavery reparations. The Democrat Party’s woke agenda is dead, dead, dead.
Sure, Congress can still spend money like a drunken sailor on budget bills – and they will for the next 18 months, given the chance. But as far as their grandiose plans to fundamentally transform America into Venezuela… that’s a bug on the windshield now, thanks to the Senate Parliamentarian and the filibuster.