Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and … Joe Manchin threaten authorities shutdown over vaccine mandates

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The highest Republican on Senate Appropriations, Alabama’s Richard Shelby, released a statement applauding the settlement. “I’m happy that we’ve lastly reached an settlement on the persevering with decision,” he stated. “Now we should get severe about finishing FY22 payments.” That, by the way in which, isn’t occurring due to Republicans. A kind of, the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act (NDAA), is able to go, and Majority Chief Chuck Schumer has been attempting to dispatch it this week. Republicans blocked it Monday, and once more on Wednesday.

There was an modification settlement in place, lastly, on Wednesday, and Schumer was able to attempt once more. Florida Man Marco Rubio, nonetheless, refused to permit it as a result of one in every of his amendments wasn’t within the settlement. It’s not within the settlement for a procedural purpose: including it will violate the constitutional requirement that “All Payments for elevating Income shall originate within the Home.” The Home already handed their NDAA, and must begin over so as to add this. Additionally, his modification handed within the Senate already in a separate vote. Schumer lambasted Rubio’s stunt as “unhappy, tragic and nearly absurd.” In order that’s the place we’re nonetheless at on FY22 appropriations. The one invoice that is able to go can’t due to Rubio’s asshole techniques.

Talking of assholes, there’s the gang nonetheless attempting to drive a authorities shutdown, egged on by Trump surrogate and former Trump price range official Russ Vought for the reason that former man remains to be banned on Twitter.

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These guys have little assist from different Republicans within the Senate, who’ve seen the outcomes of this sport earlier than and don’t want to go there once more. “I feel shutdowns nearly by no means work out very properly,” Senate Republican Coverage Committee Chairman Roy Blunt instructed The Hill Wednesday following a lunch when Republicans fought this out. “There was not full settlement, that’s for positive,” he stated on whether or not to attempt to drive a shutdown.

McConnell, who didn’t bother to have interaction in that debate, insists the shutdown isn’t going to occur. “We’re not going to close the federal government down,” he said on Fox Thursday. “That is unnecessary for anybody. Nearly nobody on both facet thinks it’s a good suggestion.”

The handful of Republicans are holding out the specter of blocking a fast vote on authorities funding, attempting to get a easy majority vote on an modification to finish the vaccine mandate on non-public corporations, and the assholes are getting encouragement from someplace. Gee, marvel how that might be. Oh proper, the Democratic asshole.

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As soon as once more, Joe Manchin is screwing his Democratic colleagues and his president, apparently simply because he can. His enabling of the Republicans makes it that rather more probably the invoice doesn’t go by Friday at midnight, and ensures that there’s a minimum of a brief shutdown over the weekend.