(Jonathan Bernstein – Bloomberg)
Bloomberg’s Ari Natter and Mark Niquette report that Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn doesn’t think there will be time for his chamber to consider infrastructure this year. Republican Senator John Thune had the same reaction: “It could be challenging to get an infrastructure bill done in light of everything else we have to do.”
This is ... not plausible. While it’s true the Senate still needs to pass long-overdue spending bills in March, the agenda for the remainder of the year looks about as empty as possible.
They’re probably not going to bother with a budget resolution for the next fiscal year, and odds are they’ll kick over the spending bills into a post-election lame-duck session. They do have some reauthorizations, which they may well add to the lame-duck session. There are always judges and executive branch nominees to confirm. But in terms of a real legislative agenda, there’s very little. Click here to read more.