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Covid Relief Bill Passes!

I wasn’t watching, I thought that the Vote-a-Rama would go on for a week. But the Relief Bill passed, 50-49, with Senator Sullivan from Alaska missing the vote because of a family emergency. It would have passed with Harris casting the tiebreaking vote, even if he had been there. And Manchin voted for it, so even though he will cause us problems, he still is a Democrat, and far better than anyone else who would hold a Senate seat in West Virginia at this time.

I am touched to hear that we actually managed to do this. It will help many people in many ways.

Of course, now we have to somehow get HR 1 through. But we at least have this victory. Not one Republican voted for it. So much for “Moderate Republicans.’ They vote as a bloc every time. Democratic leaders have to realize that and deal with it as best they can. We must cheer this legislative victory, we have had few, if any, since the watered down ACA in 2009. We should be able to celebrate when we can. Hooray!

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  1. Different people on the news seem to like saying, “The President did not get any Republican votes for the plan,” or, “He has not dealt with the question about the lack of Republicans voting for it.”Does anyone remember one time where a lack of Democratic votes for a Republican bill was a media concern? Did any Republican official ever have to answer a question about it? All i saw were pictures of them celebrating.

    • Don’t we want people ( aka voters ) to know that their GOP senators voted against a Covid relief bill that most people ( aka voters ) support? Let reporters spread the news far and wide so people will remember today’s vote in the next election.

      • Yes, if that is the narrative, and people realize it, it will help Democrats. Sometimes, though, the voters take the money they can get, and then think that they don’t need the Democrats any more, which is sort of what happened in 2000, or even 1968, though there of course were other things going on 1968 as well. Hopefully, they will remember this time,and Democrats need to remind them. First, though, we need the voting rights bill so that they can vote. it is interesting that even though Republicans began to realize that this bill would pass, they still voted against it. It was not fear of base, because the base supported it, too. it must have been fear of McConnell sticking them on back benches, or cutting off campaign funds to them.

    • They have been pulling this stunt for a good 30 years now at least. Just make them continually own their votes. Dems also need to explain that you cannot be bipartisan with Qanon.

  2. Many of the politicians who are Democrats now would have been moderate Republicans, or even conservative Republicans, had they been running for office back when I was a fledgling Woodpecker (I turn 58 in May). If the GOP had not become the Qrazy Qu Qlux Qonfederate Qult Treason Party, Sinema, for example, would probably be a Republican, also Manchin, and Angus King, and…

    • Agreed… Yesterday’s Rockefeller Republican would be considered a moderate Democrat (at a minimum) today.

      • Sinema’s kind of a special case though: she went from a Nader-supporting Green to a Democrat who proclaimed herself “the most liberal legislator in Arizona” to a Blue Dog. That’s a pretty dramatic rightward lurch over the years. It’s certainly enough to make me think twice about donating to her campaign again.

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