Politico launched a video on Thursday what it is calling the “2021 version” of the traditional “Schoolhouse Rock!” instructional track “I’m Just a Bill.”
“Having watched the infrastructure bill trying to make its way through reconciliations and vote-a-ramas, we decided it was time to revisit ‘I’m Just a Bill,'” Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerter mentioned within the video’s introduction.
The video begins with a toddler greeting a invoice on the steps of Capitol Hill, who warns the younger woman “it’s become one wild ride” to get a invoice handed by Congress.
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The invoice is seen driving into the Senate the place drafting laws occurs “behind closed doors.”
“It’s the filibuster they try to get around,” the invoice says. “These days, a supermajority isn’t easily found.”
The invoice strolls previous cartoon depictions of Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., each seen assaulting the speaking sheet of paper with a baseball bat and a hammer. The invoice additionally rides by a scolding Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., holding a whip.
“I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I got as far as Capitol Hill, I am now gridlocked in the Senate ‘cause of partisan bluster, but if they can free me from the filibuster, I ought to pass muster, if 60 senators vote for me, how I pray that they will but today I am still just a bill,” the invoice sings as he approaches a paper shredder-looking “Filibuster-O-Matic,” the place different payments are assembly their demise.
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“It sounds like you’re not getting any further,” the kid says. “The minority’s filibuster has you trapped!”
“Not this time,” the invoice replies as he is seen parachuting to security. “I’m one of the lucky ones. If we can get past the Senate Parlimentarian, they can declare that I can go right to reconciliation! If she rules favorably, I don’t die!”
“Reconciliation? Now, what the heck is that?” the kid asks.
The invoice says reconciliation is an “obscure part of law” that offers payments “special powers” that stop them from getting “locked up by the filibuster,” including “Thanks to reconciliation, a simple majority gets me out of the Senate” earlier than heading into the vote-a-rama.
The invoice goes on to clarify the method of going to convention with the White House the place a “whole lot of wheeling and dealing” takes place and returns to the Senate and House of Representatives as soon as extra earlier than touchdown on President Biden’s desk.
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