Why is it that Congressional GOP Members are helping Pass Democratic Legislation near the Midterms?
Think Piece/Open Discussion
Even as the media has gone on to give analysis the hot seat in indicating partisan polarization statistics, it seems as if the United States Congress has still been able to pass a decent amount of significant legislation and to the surprise of many with Republican help. Senate Republicans were decisive in voting for the infrastructure bill, the CHIPS bill, the gun control bill, and even the PACT Act.
Multiple Republican members are also contemplating aiding in passing the electoral count reform bill that aims to clarify the Vice President’s role in counting electoral votes in the presidential election.
In the Donald Trump era of the presidency, it seems that the number of significant bills passed before the 2018 midterms was slim to none as they couldn’t muster the bipartisan support to overcome the filibuster. The two major legislative votes were the 2018 partisan ACA repeal and the 2017 tax cut.
Many have begun to question why so many Republicans are helping the Biden administration and agenda in this way. Is it because Republicans see the assistance they give as them being portrayed as moderates? For those questioning, the suggested answer is that voting against them is great ammunition for the midterms and for 2024. If millions were to lose healthcare (as in the ACA) Democrats would point that out.
This is why it is so effective to be in the majority even though that majority might not get everything it wants. If you were to pick at very moderate issues to pass legislation on, and no one is willing to filibuster them, then you put your opposition in a tough situation. If you vote against it, they can campaign on getting more votes to pass those popular pieces of legislation. If you vote for it, you give your opposition the win.
The party in charge ultimately wins no matter what as long as there is the right legislation on the table.