Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Sunday on CNN that Republicans are “getting away with murder” because they have been allowed to do so by Democrats.
Sanders claimed that Biden’s huge spending proposals are “enormously popular” and said that Republicans have managed to block votes on them, ostensibly because of the filibuster.
“They haven’t had to vote on anything,” he complained. “If they want to vote against lowering the cost of prescription drugs, expanding Medicare, dealing with child care, dealing with housing, let them vote and let Manchin and Sinema decide which side they are on.”
But what Sanders doesn’t seem to understand is that what he’s describing is just normal Senate functioning. If your party doesn’t have a 60-vote majority or get some of the other party to come alongside them, you should think seriously about what legislation you are putting out there and whether you might need to work harder to get enough consensus to pass something.
It’s like Sanders hasn’t been in the Senate for the last 15 years. He seems to be living in a fantasy world where if you have 51 votes, you should be able to pass whatever you want. That’s just not reality, but nice try.
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