It’s hard to determine where Congress stands these days.
On one hand, there’s a bipartisan bill to create a 10-member commission to investigate the January riot at the Capitol. There’s likely across-the-aisle support for a $1.9 billion supplemental spending bill to bolster security at the Capitol. Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., along with Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., are inching closer to a prospective pact on police reform. Such a deal eluded lawmakers – or lawmakers intentionally avoided a deal – after the death of George Floyd last year. They’d like to have an agreement in form before the anniversary of Floyd’s death in a few weeks. There may even be an opportunity to forge a bipartisan arrangement on infrastructure.
After a White House meeting on infrastructure, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, said President Biden wanted a “give and take” on the issue and “asked us to come back and re-work an offer, so that he could then react to that and then re-offer to us.” Capito was “encouraged” and thought there was an effort to draft a bipartisan bill. More on that comes this week.
This is what voters want most of their lawmakers to do. Work together. Search for and reach bipartisan compromise. Find solutions to vexing problems.
That’s one hemisphere in Congress right now.
And then there is the other hemisphere of Congress.
“Since I have been a Member of Congress, I was kicked off of my committees without an ethics violation. Cori Bush was screaming at me. A verbal assault. The Representative from Guam marches the National Guard on my office,” protested Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. “What else happened? Marie Newman shoulder checked me in front of the Capitol Police yesterday. That’s a physical assault. My staffer said that he doesn’t have to wear a mask any more and then they chased him. Democrats are the party of aggression and violence.”
That’s a lot to unpack.
This began when Greene hectored Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in a congressional hallway.
“Hey, Alexandria!” badgered Greene at the New York Democrat, according to various reporters who witnessed the scene. “You don’t care about the American people.”
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t respond to Greene’s goading that she was a “radical socialist” and walked away.
But the next day, Ocasio-Cortez did weigh in on Greene verbally accosting her.
“This is a woman that’s deeply unwell and needs some help,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “At this point, I think the depth of that unwellness has raised concerns for other Members as well.”
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Ocasio-Cortez said Greene also berated her on the floor of the House a few weeks ago.
“I think it’s an assessment for the Ethics Committee,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
She’s not the only one.
“It’s so beyond the pale,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif
Congress split into two different hemispheres
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