Originally Posted by Horatius
What it really means is that Moscow Mitch won't be able to block bills from reaching the Senate floor, even after they've been passed by the House and have broad Senate support. But they can only pass if every
Democrat votes for them. I think you will find that some Democratic senators from conservative states, particularly Joe Manchin, won't automatically support every Democratic proposal. The Democrats' real hope might be to attract a few responsible Repubs to get behind stimulus payments, tax reform, qualified judges, etc. But even they won't go too far to support mainstream Democratic goals.