Senate Republicans are now saying the bipartisan compromise isn’t quite good enough without some amendments. For Democrats, this is effectively breaking a deal – if members of both parties already negotiated an agreement, the majority doesn’t see a reason to move the agreement to the right.
At this point, you might be thinking, “But since Democrats are in the majority, maybe they should just allow the amendments, defeat them, and allow the bill to move on.” And in practice, that’s pretty much what Harry Reid concluded, too, telling Republicans that he would allow votes on amendments so long as they related to the legislation itself.
Yesterday, GOP leaders said that wasn’t good enough. They want to use unrelated amendments as campaign tools and are infuriated when the majority won’t play along.
And so for the second time this week, Republicans killed a bipartisan agreement that they actually liked.