The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
My pick for who won the week this week is bipartisanship.
I kid you not. It’s a concept that hasn’t been experienced in American politics since before Barrack Obama was elected President in 2008. But this week it seemed to surface, at least to a small extent.
The U.S. Senate voted on Friday to move forward with a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The procedural measure needed only a simple majority to pass. The 67-to-32 vote, which saw 17 Republican senators vote in favor, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, join all 50 Democratic senators, to move forward on the bill. It came just hours after centrist senators in both parties and the White House reached a long-sought compromise on the bill, more than half of which — about $550 billion — would go to new federal money for roads, bridges, rail, transit, water, and other physical infrastructure programs.
The effort to pass the bipartisan deal is one part of a dual track strategy from Democrats as they will simultaneously push forward on a second, and far more sweeping, right effort to enact major pieces of Biden’s agenda through the budget reconciliation process, which will allow them to enact legislation with only Democratic votes.
The Republican support for the procedural motion does not mean they will back the final bill. It will need 60 votes to get through the Senate. The Democrats have to navigate an evenly split Senate and a narrow majority in the House to pass both infrastructure bills. One defection would sink the Democratic bill in the Senate.
The first step in passing that larger bill will be for the Senate to adopt a budget resolution. Senate Majority LeaderSchumer said that they remain “on track” to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a budget resolution before the start of the congressional recess on August 9th.
So here’s to a glimmer of hope that bipartisanship may actually break through the partisan divide and that Congress might actually get something done for We the People.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?