Those same life-loving House Republicans voted nearly unanimously (all but one) against preventing domestic terrorism and combatting the threat of white supremacist violent extremism. The bill the House passed would set up anti-domestic terrorism units across three federal departments to coordinate the government’s effort to combat and prevent these attacks. That was the House response to the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo in which 10 Black people were killed and three were wounded by a white nationalist who said in a manifesto before the attack that his rampage was motivated by race.
In 2020, another version of that bill passed the House in a unanimous voice vote, but Senate Republicans blocked it. Now, following the Buffalo massacre, Republicans are virtually united in opposing it. Schumer intends to force a procedural vote on the bill, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022. It also won’t proceed to a floor vote.
Neither will the House bill attempting to create a deterrent to price-gouging by oil companies. A small cadre of corporate Democrats in the House voted with Republicans against that one, and you can bet Manchin is not going to let it pass in the Senate despite his whole schtick about fighting inflation.
That’s one possible way to protect consumers from it, but Manchin won’t go for it. Schumer might try to bring it to the floor this week, but he’s still trying to get Manchin on board with some kind of reconciliation bill to salvage pieces of Build Back Better. He might not want to antagonize the West Virginian spoiler.
Barring any legislative action, the Senate will likely churn through a number of executive branch nominations. There’s an outside chance they’ll find a way to move forward on the urgent issue of COVID-19 funding now that the other urgent issue of further Ukraine aid is off their plates, but right now that’s looking like a stratospherically tiny chance.
This is shaping up to be another crisis-filled week for which the most logical solution—abolish the filibuster—can’t possibly happen. It’s another week that will prove this election is the most important of our lives. Making sure Manchin and Sinema are irrelevant is the critical issue for the Senate elections of 2022.