Meanwhile, Ezra Klein tweets:
And the reconciliation fixes have passed the Senate. This should actually do a lot for relations between the two chambers.
And at almost the same second Marc Ambiner tweets:
Big political point today is that Senate Dems lived up to their promise to pass House reconciliation as is. Inter-chamber relations key.My prediction? Relations between the chambers will remain terrible. There are two reasons why the House doesn't trust the Senate, rational and irrational. The rational reasons have to do with structural differences between the houses, and nothing can make those go away. Not just the filibuster, although that's a big part of it. The irrational reasons develop over time, as individuals forget that they were let down by the other chamber for all sorts of understandable reasons, and come to think that the other house is duplicitous and untrustworthy, rather than just having different rules and incentives.
The successful passage of one bill no matter how important will help reduce the irrational side, but do nothing about the rational basis for acrimony. It's built-in.
(Bonus snark! As I was writing this a friend -- longtime House staffer, long retired -- passed by my desk, and I told him what I was writing about. His immediate response? "Of course, because Senators are all running for president. Pompous asses." He wasn't joking, either. As for how the Senate feels, I covered that last night).
While I'm at it, I think I owe a Plain Blog accounting. I was right that reconciliation would sail through the Senate once the main bill was passed and signed into law, but I was wrong on the voting...I set the line at 58 and took the over, but Lincoln, Pryor, and Ben Nelson all voted against it, so that's just 56. I did withdraw my "bet" after the student loan package was added to the bill, but it's still a weak call on my part -- although overall, it did sail through as I've been saying since January.