Bob Dole called the Senate 'crooked,' but seven years later it was about to be broken

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"bent badly" but not broken, and about a Republican party that lacked an agenda.

Seven years later - as President Biden speaks today at Dole's funeral service in Washington - things have gotten much worse.

"Well, there are Republicans now in the party who don't want to, you know, don't want to miss the job of Democrats. They don't really want to do much of anything. I mean, they have others in the House whose main goal is to get rid of John Boehner as a speaker. -Dole back in 2014 on MSNBC. "But what I believed in [was] to make things happen by working with Democrats,"

When asked how he can repair a broken Senate, Dole added, “Well, the Senate may not be broken, but it is badly bent. And this will take strong leadership on both sides. ”

He then said of the Republican Party: “We have to have an agenda, we have to have something that people can have in something that goes with the voters. And whether it be health care or immigration, it should be one of the many problems that people are concerned about. ”

In 2014, the environment on Capitol Hill was very bad - legal disputes, factional disputes, government closures last year.

By 2021, it is getting worse.

The Senate passes a bill to prevent debt default

And it gets worse because THIS is good news. "The Senate passed a bill on Thursday that will allow Congress to increase its debt burden and avoid what could be the first failure in US history," wrote NBC's Sahil Kapur and Frank Thorp.

Further: “The law, which has already abolished the House, approved the Senate by 59-35 votes, garnered the support of 10 Republicans and all Democrats present. We are now looking at the White House, where President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law. "

Also: “The bill will create a special mechanism to suspend the filibuster simultaneously and enable the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority. That means it can only be done faster with democratic votes and the shortening of Deputy President Kamala Harris in the Senate. ”

As Burgess Everett of Politico notes, "10+ Republicans will vote to break the bill that frees filibuster debt but will not vote to break the filibuster in the debt bill."

The January 6 Committee had a successful week

A few weeks ago, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol did not have much to show for its work.

Non-cooperative witnesses. Court battles. The Witnesses exercised their right to amend the 5th amendment.

But what happened on Thursday showed that the committee had a productive week.

Received important documents and documents from former White House Labor Chief Mark Meadows; heard the testimony of many witnesses; and above all, the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling against Trump in a legal battle over the documents.

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