November 9, 2016

THERE ARE DEALS TO BE HAD:

The Case for Republican Restraint in Congress (JOHN FEEHERY, Nov 9, 2016, WSJ)

At least at first, Republicans would benefit from insisting on an orderly process that seeks to build as much bipartisan consensus as possible under incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).

Mr. Schumer is known as both a fierce partisan and an accomplished deal-cutter. Republicans stand to gain from testing the new Democratic leader's willingness to try to accomplish things in a bipartisan manner, or to see if he intends to emulate his predecessor, Harry Reid, in intensifying polarization within the Senate. Republicans only benefit from being seen trying to get things done; and actually accomplishing things through regular order could help the function of the Senate.

Before Democratic efforts to retake the Senate failed, there was some talk among Democrats of using parliamentary devices to break Senate deadlocks. This "nuclear option" would usher in a huge culture change in the Senate, making it even more difficult for the parties to find common ground.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is an institutionalist and is resistant to the idea of using the nuclear option. 

The first things to move on would be the ones that everyone agrees on : infrastructure, corporate tax cuts, TPP and immigration reform. And get Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden back to work on their Obamacare reforms..

Posted by at November 9, 2016 5:32 PM

  

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