Overpromising and underdelivering is a cornerstone of American politics. Campaign on sky-high aspirations followed by disappointment on unmet expectations. Sen. Chuck Schumer promised "bold change" in the wake of Democrats successfully taking control of the Senate and maintaining a slim majority in the House following the 2020 elections.
Democrats initially envisioned a transformative piece of legislation expanding the social safety net, increasing efforts to combat climate change, and revising tax policy. Instead, rough patches have continuously plagued negotiations between Manchin and his colleagues.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced accusations of unintentionally assisting Democrats in eliminating the filibuster. His agreement with Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to ultimately allow Democrats to increase the debt ceiling on a simple majority vote was the subject of criticism due to fears of setting a new precedent.
Congress was tasked with a December 15th deadline to resolve the debt ceiling dispute following a temporary extension in October. After weeks of negotiations and discussions, McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed on a two-step process to raise the debt ceiling.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia appeared frustrated; some argue he was just tired during Sen. Chuck Schumer’s lambasting of Republicans on the Senate floor Thursday. Schumer’s comments followed a successful vote to temporarily increase the federal government’s $28.4 trillion debt limit.
All of a sudden, a demand for majoritarian democracy is in full throttle. The legislative filibuster has conveniently become the boogie man for most Democrats. They reference Jim Crow and the legislative filibuster’s history of obstructing civil rights legislation as their justification.