House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clearly stalled on a bill prior to the election, hoping Democrats would win the White House and the Senate and gain the leverage to pass a huge spending bill similar to the $2.3 trillion package the House passed in May. She miscalculated. The “blue wave” many polls predicted didn’t materialize and Republicans, for now, still hold a narrow edge in the Senate.
The best Democrats can now hope for is a 50-50 tie if they win both Georgia runoffs. That would give them de facto control, since incoming Vice President Kamala Harris would break tie votes. But odds are Republicans will hold at least one of those seats. And even if Democrats had a 1-vote advantage, they’d still have to appease at least three moderate senators in their party, who hail from purple or red states and are not likely to vote for lavish spending bills.