Daniel Horowitz wrote an opinion piece for Blaze Media this week that questions recent actions by Senate Republicans that are likely to empower Joe Biden in his efforts to get his spending agenda enacted.
The latest conspiracy by GOP Senators came Thursday evening as Democrats were scrambling to pass Biden’s federal budget that fully funds the mandates and overreach of executive agencies. Republicans appeared to want to give their voters the impression that they were fighting against mandates while still pushing the budget forward. They came up with a plan to ensure that one more Republican senator would be absent from the floor vote than absent Democrats. That would allow Democrats to win with a simple plurality in an up-or-down vote.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer allowed an amendment proposed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to come up for a vote because four Republicans were absent. Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), James Inhofe (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Richard Burr (R-NC) were conveniently unavailable to vote in favor of Lee’s amendment. The amendment, which would have expressly blocked school COVID-19 vaccine mandates, failed as a result.
Horowitz pointed out that GOP blame went beyond the four absent Senators when needed. Republican leadership got the desired outcome of holding a meaningless “protest vote” for its base.
Even knowing the amendment was doomed to failure, 17 Republicans went along with voting for cloture, giving Democrats the 60 vote minimum needed to move the budget forward. Sadly, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is providing a preview of what his leadership will look like under Biden if Republicans can retake the Senate this fall. Even with the chance to stand up for Americans against vaccine mandates, he said earlier this week that “it will all be worked out” and said there is “no danger of a government shutdown.”
Only nine GOP Senators have affirmatively signed off on a letter demanding vaccine mandates be defunded as part of passing the budget bill. They are Sens. Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY), Ron Johnson (WI), Ted Cruz (TX), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Roger Marshall (KA), Mike Braun (IN), James Lankford (OK), James Risch (ID), and Kevin Cramer (ND).
Things are not any better in the House, where almost one-fourth of Republicans have voted to advance the continuing resolution to advance the budget while preserving Biden’s mandates. While the Freedom Caucus has vowed to fight to defund the mandates, House Minority Leader and presumptive speaker in the event of a Republican takeover this fall, Kevin McCarthy is one of the House Republicans who voted for the resolution.
Sadly, it appears that GOP leadership is more fearful of a government shutdown than it is of continuing to make way for the Biden Administration to destroy American liberty and freedom.