Senators Sinema and Manchin have made repeated calls for bipartisanship. Meanwhile Republican Leader McConnell in the Senate says not a single Republican will support the Biden agenda. This week we’ve seen a how Republicans negotiate in the House.
Republican Leader McCarthy authorized one of his members to negotiate the formation of a Commission to investigate the January 6 invasion of the Capitol. McCarthy gave John Katko (R-NY), the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee a list of demands, including equal representation for Republicans and Democrats on the committee, power for both parties to subpoena witnesses, and a final report before the end of the year so it wouldn’t still be active before the 2022 election.
Democrats conceded these three points and then McCarthy came out against the commission and ordered his leadership teams to whip votes against the Commission. How many times will Democrats let this Lucy-with-the-football ploy happen to them as Charlie Brown? “McCarthy won’t take yes for an answer,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said. “He made three requests—every single one was granted by Democrats, yet he still says no.” No one out here in the real world is surprised.
We wonder what Senator Sinema is thinking?
Sources gathered at Heather Cox Richardson, May 18, 2021