• July 22, 2021

Last best chance for bipartisanship

Amy walter: “No matter what happens to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, it’s pretty clear that this is the last chance for any meaningful bipartisan legislation for the foreseeable future. And that’s not just because control of the Senate is at stake in 2022. Two of the three Republicans most involved in the bipartisan infrastructure deal will not be in Congress in 2023, while the third could lose a primary. Rob Portman of Ohio and Richard Burr of North Carolina are retiring, while Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has earned the ire of former President Trump by voting to impeach him, faces a serious challenge within the party. “

“Just as important, the Republicans running to replace them are more interested in fighting than fixing, more interested in widening the partisan chasm than narrowing it. Meanwhile, Democratic Senate candidates in the key Senate seat elections do not share President Biden’s optimism about Republican cooperation. Many of them have vowed to reject obstructionism, something that Biden recently said would ‘throw Congress into chaos.’

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