A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are refusing to allow Republicans to co-sponsor their legislation. Some are even removing their names from previous bills to protest the challenge to the 2020 election results by some conservative members.
Needless to say, this completely undercuts the bipartisan vision President Joe Biden allegedly had for the country. Then again, that was never a serious thing to begin with…
President Biden has several times said that he wanted to work with Republican lawmakers in both houses of Congress. However, the call seems to have been lost on members of his own party who are going out of their way to refuse to work with Republican members, even if these representatives are trying to help them get bills passed.
A number of far-left Democrat House members have said they will only agree to co-sponsor bills with the handful of GOP House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. The move would require these lawmakers to delay passage of some bills that would have to be re-filed in order to remove “undesirable” co-sponsors.
“I’m one of them,” Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) said. “They still don’t get it, so I still won’t be co-sponsoring.”
It’s hard to see how such a move would not backfire on Democrats in the future. Voters aren’t going to care for this virtue signaling. The Democrat Party has a slim majority in the House, and ideological beliefs range from center-left liberal to far-left progressive. Guess which seats are going to be more vulnerable in the next election cycle?
This also brings the actual legislative process to a halt. Working with GOP representatives could make it possible for bills to gain attention and eventually come to the floor for a vote. Granted, it is possible to pass legislation that has not been co-sponsored; however, senior lawmakers are unlikely to pay much attention to a bill that has little formal support.
But let’s not kid ourselves — any semblance of bipartisanship died a long time ago. We’ve come a long way from a Democrat voting for a pro-law enforcement bill, like Joe Biden did in 1994 when he was in the U.S. Senate. Consider that “defund the police” is not a mainstream position in the party’s rank-and-file, and you’ll realize that bipartisanship isn’t even the goal anymore.
Democrats are already at risk of losing even more seats next year as voters tend to support the party that is not in the White House in the mid-term elections. “Woke” decision-making in the House that limits the passage of important bills would only increase the potential damage to Democrat control of Congress in 2022.
Once again, we have proof that Democrats are full of it when they call for “unity.” At the end of the day, it just has a nicer ring to it than “compliance.”