There are beginning hints that something fundamental is changing on the political scene. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is even spending his own campaign money for 60-second ads on 100 Kentucky stations urging his state’s voters to get the coronavirus vaccine, according to CNN. Donald Trump is fuming.
Wednesday, McConnell said that he supports President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill to improve roads, bridges, and other maintenance, The Business Insider found.
‘Based on a commitment from Leader Schumer to Senators Portman and Sinema that the Portman-Sinema amendment to be filed will be the substitute amendment, I will vote to proceed to the bipartisan infrastructure bill.’
Then, this happened. State Senator Dan Laughlin (R-PA) expressed disdain for the GOP-backed audit of our 2020 presidential election on Thursday. He was the first in his state and the first Republican statewide-elected official in the country to go there.
As Reuters points out, Laughlin’s comments were in direct opposition to Senator Doug Mastriano. Both men will likely run for Pennsylvania governor. Laughlin has cornered a position that could skyrocket him right into the Republican contender seat for the office. It seems that Mastriano favored a “forensic” audit similar to the one in Arizona’s Maricopa County.
Laughlin told Reuters that attempts to locate laws would negatively affect the Republican party, and apparently, voters in Pennsylvania like Republicans. After all, they won the state treasurer and auditor general offices in a decades-changing turn of events. The state senator said:
‘[Efforts to] rummage through already counted ballots while employing statistical tricks.That’s not a sign of a stolen election.’
Laughlin said “Donald Trump Lost:”
‘The current attempt to discredit the 2020 election results runs headlong into an unmistakable truth. Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania because Donald Trump received fewer votes.’
Then, Senator Laughlin said attempts to investigate President Joe Biden’s win in November 2020 were “absent credible evidence of fraud” and that would not change the election results.
The reason that the self-described ‘Grim Reaper” McConnell wants to get enough Republicans to support the agreement in advance, is because he expects a final vote on the bill within the next 14 days. He knows that voters will love the infrastructure bill, because it means well-paying jobs for them.
At times, it appeared that the bipartisan infrastructure bill was dead. It took almost a month of turbulent negotiations among the Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, and President Biden’s administration.
The result was $550 billion in new funding to handle states’ infrastructures including upgrading broadband connections through the country, along with road maintenance and bridge repairs.
Republicans have been traditionally concerned about how any bill will be covered financially, even though they easily gave Trump his humongous tax relief bill for the very wealthy and big business.
The legislators will pay for it, according to a White House:
‘[B]y a blend of revenue sources including unspent coronavirus relief funding, new cryptocurrency tax enforcement, and some corporate user fees.’
Progressives insist that the bill must go through in tandem with a second $3.5 trillion party-line spending package, which Republicans oppose. However, the Democrats plan on using the reconciliation method, which only requires a 50-Senate-members vote.
Last week following an election audit, the voting machines in Pennsylvania’s Fulton County were decertified. According to the acting Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid, that audit compromised the machines. A software company Wake TSI was responsible, because their audit was neither “transparent nor bipartisan.”
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