Dems may Roll Up the Bridges and Roads Infrastructure Bill into their Human Infrastructure Bill and Leave the GOP with Nothing

Health care during the first term of the Trump administration is a perfect example of what happens when Republicans get greedy on policy.

Nothing happens.

Trump had majorities in the House and Senate, and lost them in the mid-terms, leaving GOP health care reform dead on arrival for the next three years.

And rights now, the GOP can easily get greedy and overplay their hand again and end up with the Dems folding their two infrastructure bills into each other and using the 50-vote margin afforded by reconciliation to pass both infrastructure packages as one.

Here’s how Politico reported it yesterday, late in the afternoon:

“If the bipartisan talks end up fully imploding, Democrats can roll the group’s work into their unilateral spending bill that’s still being written, with a top line price tag of $3.5 trillion.”

There are issues for both the Dems and the GOP for this approach, but far fewer for the Dems if they land 50 votes.

The reality is that Senators hate to make up their minds about a compromise and they some of them really hate to compromise.

Time limits are part of life and the real world, and Senator Schumer is in charge and the GOP may not like it, but they will likely dislike even more being completely cut out of the bridges and roads bill.

If the Dems pass the bridges and roads bill with their human infrastructure bill, the GOP would lose all its leverage, and that is a hell of a cost to standing on whatever policy or process issue the GOP thinks is so important that nothing is the preferred outcome.

Does that mean the extra money for IRS enforcement goes back into the bill?  Maybe.  But the Dems would be free to add all the things left out of the bill because of the presence and promise of GOP Senate votes.

Just like health care, if the GOP chooses to be part of nothing, the public will remember, just like they did on health care, the public will conclude the GOP can’t govern on the issue of infrastructure.

It will be very costly to the GOP, just like failure to pass health care reform cost the GOP a 20-point lead on health care, that swung 40 points in favor of the Dems to first erase the 20-point GOP lead, and now it’s the Dems who have a 20-point lead on health care.

The “logic” of choosing nothing and not to participate makes little policy or political sense, but it’s all the GOP have been talking about for the last 24 hours.

In what world does it make sense for a U.S. Senator not to be part of a bill that rebuilds roads and bridges?  Isn’t that politics 101?

Should the GOP walk away, it’s just another example of how broken Congress has become.

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