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One Senator’s Stand Against The Senate’s Bipartisan Sellout

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Often as a legislative recess approaches, lawmakers who had before been staunchly opposed to particular legislation suddenly fold, and bitter divisions over controversial bills miraculously melt away amid the longing for a days’ or weeks’ long hiatus from Washington. The phenomenon is referred to as “smelling jet fumes” and, for better or for worse, it is one of the most powerful drivers of legislative action in the modern Congress. The debate over Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has again shown this to be the case, with more than a dozen Republicans voting with Democrats to advance the legislation as Senators anxiously await their traditional August recess. But over the weekend, one Senator, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, remained firm as the sole individual blocking expedited passage of the bill, marking a courageous stand for conservatives everywhere opposed to Biden’s unprecedented spending binge.

The standoff between Hagerty and the rest of the Senate began last Thursday following the release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score that found that the infrastructure bill would increase the national debt by $256 billion. Previously, proponents of the bill on both sides of the political aisle had assured skeptical Republicans that the legislation’s $550 billion in new spending would be completely paid for by re-allocating unused funds from other areas of the budget and would not add any unpaid-for spending. The CBO’s analysis undercuts that assertion, something that Hagerty cited as a primary reason for his opposition to the bill. 

Under Senate rules, all 100 Senators must agree to move forward on a bill in order to limit debate on the legislation. The motion to dispense with debate is usually accomplished through what is known as a unanimous consent agreement, whereby Senators simply have to withhold objection in order for the motion to pass. In this case, Hagerty alone objected, forcing the Senate to open the floor for debate, and stalling passage of the bill.

“I was asked consent to expedite the process and pass [the infrastructure bill]” Hagerty said in a written statement. “I could not, in good conscience, allow that to happen at this hour – especially when the objective of the majority is to hurry up and pass this bill so that they can move quickly to their $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend spree designed to implement the Green New Deal and increase Americans’ dependence on the government, so I objected.”

Former President Donald Trump, who has spoken out against passage of the infrastructure bill, tipped his hat to Haggerty in a statement on Sunday, writing, “Congratulations to Senator Bill Hagerty in remaining true to ‘AMERICA FIRST!’”

Yet Hagerty’s opposition, which forced the Senate to convene both days this weekend, did not win him any friends among the cadre of Republicans hoping to quickly pass the bill, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Democrats were even more irked, with Senator Chris Coons of Delaware reportedly interrupting an interview to accuse Hagerty of holding up debate on the bill.

But Hagerty was not backing down, despite the admonishments of Democrats and even some Republicans. “I wasn’t elected by the people of Tennessee to be the most popular person in the Senate,” Hagerty said. “I was elected to stand up for their interests.”

Hagerty has also voiced a concern shared by many Republicans (and also recently reported by AMAC Newsline) that passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will simply clear the way for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to ram through Biden’s $3.5 trillion social welfare bill under the budget reconciliation process, which only needs a simple majority to pass.

All indications point to those fears being well-founded as the infrastructure bill nears final passage. On Sunday, despite the fact that Schumer and several other Democrat Senators have repeatedly claimed that they wanted to consider amendments to the infrastructure bill, Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, an alleged moderate who led the coalition of Senators that crafted the legislation, blocked Hagerty from introducing a set of amendments. Hagerty responded that the move revealed “[Democrats’] true intention” of quickly moving to passage of the $3.5 trillion bill, which Hagerty has called “a socialist debt bomb.”

Hagerty has repeatedly emphasized that he is not opposed to moving forward on amendments to the infrastructure bill, but Schumer has thus far refused to bring any amendment to the floor for debate unless Hagerty withdraws his opposition to moving forward on the overall bill. “It’s obvious that Senator Schumer is staging this in a way to put additional pressure on people,” Hagerty said. “He doesn’t care about good infrastructure. Clearly, if he did, he’d allow the amendment process to go forward.” Previously, Schumer had planned on bringing forward less than 25 amendments of the more than 150 that were filed.

Hagerty’s procedural delay tactics are unlikely to prevent final passage of the bill, which is expected sometime on Tuesday. However, his opposition has provided fresh opportunity to highlight flaws in the legislation and refocused the national spotlight on Democrats’ overtly partisan legislation that is soon to follow.

In addition, Hagerty’s resistance has become a powerful symbol of holding firm to conservative principles even amid pressure from within the Republican establishment. Such actions are sure to energize conservatives across the country who are hungry for leaders who will not compromise on core values in the interest of appearing “bipartisan.” Looking ahead to next year, if Republicans wish to retake Congress, more GOP hopefuls may do well to follow Hagerty’s example, lest voters view them as no stronger on the issues than their Democratic counterparts.

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aluminum head
3 months ago

There are a bunch of ( R ) RINO Sen. who voted for this tax and spend debacle. The RNC needs to have them all replaced by true conservatives.

Barbara Stricker
3 months ago

We as conservative voters, some Republican, some Conservative and even some Libertarian need to vet those running for a conservative office even better, ask tougher questions and share what we find out…we have been hood winked way too many times in past elections, even for president (does not include Trump). I live in Florida, I am seriously worried with all the up north and California people moving here, at least a thousand a day..that they will change our Red state Blue…I have been here 45 years and read nothing but complains about the area by those coming in from up north on Community Chats…they did not check things out well…I am a senior and very worried about our future down here and for our country for my grandkids and great-grandkids…who the

Steven
3 months ago

Good for Sen. Haggerty! Now only if we had more Senators and Congressman with spines.

Jeannie Huppert
3 months ago

I heard that Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “You do it BECAUSE it’s the RIGHT thing to do.” I don’t know if I got it exactly, but I think “point made”. Striving to please people, doing what’s wrong . . . “REALLY”?! Our reasons for doing 95% of things should be what’s helpful, Godly, proper, & the like. The other 5%: “do you want chocolate or strawberry?”

Phyllis
3 months ago

I’m pleased to know there is someone, in Congress, with principles, who actually cares about his constituents. It’s frightening that there are so many traitors making decisions that endanger America and the American people, and benefit no one but themselves.

Alphia Hardin
3 months ago
Reply to  Phyllis

19 RINOS voted for the monstrosity, forsaking their constituents and their country. Betrayers, all.

Vickey
3 months ago
Reply to  Alphia Hardin

My mind went to how Partisan the push to massively hinder & falsely accuse our President was the past 4 years.

Lorey
3 months ago
Reply to  Alphia Hardin

List them all when they run ro get reelected people won’t vote for these scum buckets. List them everryday starting now till.2022

Jeanette
3 months ago

Good for him… someone with convictions and a spine!

Hal
3 months ago

In case you haven’t noticed or haven’t been in a position to notice, inflation is on the rise. Inflation is the way our Fed government raises taxes without seeming to do so. It’s gonna bite the economy in the hindquarters one of these days, and the panic will be on. When the government wants to use the economy to further its political hold and popularity, it just “prints” more money (actually they don’t even have to print it … just say its there). Are you ready for $4.00/gal for gasoline … don’t be surprised if that isn’t the case this time next year. Taxation takes on the shroud of legally stealing assets (money) by inflation. Americans elected (with a rigged election) and the consequences will be falling heavily in the next few years on mostly people who really get hurt by it. As we drift to Communism under the leadership of the DemocRats and a few give-up Republicans, be prepared ,.. hang on to your assets … today’s dollars will not be worth what they are now worth in a big way in the future. The depression era of the 1930’s has drifted into anonymity with the passing of a huge population that had to live thru it, never realizing it was a creation of bad governance until it took a major war to gin up the economy.

Scott
3 months ago
Reply to  Hal

I’m not sure where you live but here in Utah we are already paying $4.00 a gallon. Granted, that is mostly due to Utah chearging higher gas taxes than most states.

Also, we all know that taxing “the rich and corporate america” is a bold faced life form the get go. It sounds good to say they are taxing the rich and corporate America but it never actually works that way because those taxes and, in fact, all taxes are simply passed on to the consumer through a higher cost of goods and services. Economics 101.

Kevin S
3 months ago
Reply to  Scott

Hmmm, I’m not certain the Left can count to 101 – So bad at math they are.
Let alone getting schooled at the entry level.

Mimi
3 months ago
Reply to  Hal

It’s already started. I live in California and I’m paying over $4.00 per gallon. Thanks to hopefully soon recalled Newsom!! Our taxes are so high here. Of course we have to pay for the democrats blunders, and foolish spending. Won’t be long before the feds join the chorus!! President Trump please hurry back!! America needs you!! ????✝️

Tim Toroian
3 months ago

When we can’t borrow more money the government will print it. Inflation will go nuts, the world economy will tumble and the yen will become the world currency unless…

Vickey
3 months ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

Wish I could Print more money when I want or need something.

Charlene Troutman
3 months ago

I am a strong conservative Republican . I support term limits for members of Congress who have been there too many years. This is the question…will Congress vote itself a benefit decrease or out of office? No. Will Congress approve term limits for themselves? No. Highly unlikely. Successful term limits must be instituted in some other manner. How?

Donald
3 months ago

needs to be ut to a vote of we, the people. Good luck with that , as we have dead bodies and illegals voting !!

Phyllis
3 months ago

The only other way I know of is through a convention of states. It requires 34 states to do it, but the catch is all the states have to use the same single subject bill. There are 4 states that have done that and 15 more have passed a term limits bill, but they aren’t all the same. Go to this link. termlimits.com/progress

Richard
3 months ago

Charlene, it can be done though Article V in our Constitution, called “Convention Of States”! Please do check it out. Many in Congress and the fake alphabet news companies don’t want their constituents/reader to know about Article V.

Kevin S
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard

YUP, Big Fan of COS, contribute to it. Only thing short of violent insurrection to pull us back from the Leftist brink.

Kevin S
3 months ago

Something behind the scenes: PACs that persist term after term. I’m not certain term limiting elected offices will address the real Deep State. It needs to be done with some sort of PAC limiting – Maybe an “existence limit” for All PACs. After expiration, all senior members of said PAC are barred from participation in any PAC activity for X years/

Heavenhelpus
3 months ago

Thank you Senator Hagerty.
As a NY’er’s, we’re poisoned with Schumer who cares for no one but himself
Career politician ????

Scott
3 months ago
Reply to  Heavenhelpus

Same is true for all demon cats.

Aine Coleman
3 months ago

Senator Bill Hagerty has shown us what a statesman does. He stands up for the people in his state and the people of America. He has shown courage in the face of those trying to remake America into a bankrupt third world marxist, globalist, green new deal mess.

Laynee8
3 months ago

Thank you, Senator Haggerty, for standing on your conservative principles for the people of your state. Obviously, my Alabama state senators don’t have the guts to do the same.

Chris
3 months ago

Conservative Americans have been stabbed in the back by Mitch McConnell , Lindsey Graham and the rest of the Rinos….As America sinks into economic collapse& hard times,,,Never forget the 19 back stabbers that colluded with the America hating Democrats

‘Nonymous
3 months ago

God bless Bill Hagerty! Chuck Grassley of Iowa knuckled under and supported this nonsense and totally lost all support from me. Time to Grassley out to pasture!

Becki
3 months ago
Reply to  ‘Nonymous

So did Lindsey Graham, who by doing so lost my vote. Evenly Dimsheviks and RINOS.

Philip Hammersley
3 months ago

When my RINO senator voted for cloture, I sent him a hot email. Shortly after, he announced he would vote against the bill on final passage. Wonder how many other voters contacted him?

Lorey
3 months ago

Do you really believe that rhino???? All politicians are LAIRS ESPECIALLY RHINOS

Dave R
3 months ago

One of the turncoat republicans that voted in favor of screwing the American people on the 1.2 trillion infrastructure is my senator, THEY WILL NOT GET MY PRIMARY VOTE next time around!

Nick Patriot
3 months ago
Reply to  Dave R

Sorry Dave. But voting doesn’t matter anymore and the RINO’s know it!

Dave
3 months ago

Someone please tell the GOP what we expected was 50 no votes.

Barb
3 months ago

I am bombarded daily with Republicans requesting money for what they are currently standing for. However, when the chips were down they didn’t ‘stand’ for anything. How is the average American supposed to help make changes when our elected officials care more about catching a flight home for recess than standing up for what is right. If they haven’t the back bone to fight for what is right for us, why should we support them?

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

Give them NOTHING Barb… Once again ( 18 ) Republicans, i.e. RINO’s siding with the Democrats reckless agenda…The RNC itself is under the tutelage of Ronna McDaniel’s, i.e. Mitt Romney’s niece, she holds the purse strings for the Republican Party…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Vickey
3 months ago

Im with you Bill. What a RINO she is and how faithfully the RINO’s have worked to help destroy the USA.

Vickey
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

I have not donated a dime to the NRC since January 6 and as long as they aren’t daily raising hell about the indefinite detention & unfair treatment for “Tresspassers” on that day they are not gonna get any support from me.

Lee S McQuillen
3 months ago
Reply to  Vickey

I won’t donate either. But, I will donate to individuals who have shown they are for the American people and can do their job. Also, I have a list of the 19 R’s who voted for that bill and will keep it at hand for future use if needed.

Steven
3 months ago
Reply to  Barb

I totally agree with your comments. I will no longer give money to the RNC as they cannot reassure me that no RINOs will receive support. It looks like we have 49 RINOs now. I am moving to Tennessee soon and a big Thank You to Senator Hagerty

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Keep a close eye on Senator Mashburn as she did vote for covid-19 overseas stimulus for the all important Pakistan gender studies & studying the mating habits of Caribbean Carp…Trump tried to veto this but failed…

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago

Correction: Senator Blackburn of Tennessee…
Quite frankly, I no longer trust either side of the aisle, sadly enough… :~(
Bill on the Hill… :~)

MariaRose
3 months ago

I heard this Senator on the weekly Heritage Action call, describe how he tried to get this bill delayed or stopped because of the sneaky way it was being passed. The progressives think that the American people don’t need to know what they are doing and will accept anything.
This bill that Schumer tried to sneak in during the middle of the night no less is fraught with nothing to do with real infrastructure but a way to shovel non-existing “Green New Deal” ideas.
But it will have a major problem passing in the House because it has to include a budget reconciliation that cannot be pushed away. Plus Nancy Pelosi won’t pass it because it doesn’t have her 3.5 trillion wishlist addition on top of this 1.2 trillion dollars. At least this Senator got the American people very aware of the sneaky not-needed additions and the tactics being used to pass the bill without a budget reconciliation.

Al Wunsch
3 months ago

A bipartisan bill is one in which each side gives some and gets some. What, in this irresponsible bill, is there that the Repubs got? Bridges, roads? No, that’s a no brainer. Where is the demand for closing the border, adding back in the Hyde Amendment for appropriations, no follow on 3.5T socialist betrayal bill – something that the Repubs stand for. This is not the way forward for the Republican Party nor the Nation.

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