Fed up with inaction, the bipartisan couple are urging leaders to put more on the ground
“We need to focus on sensible, bipartisan actions that can actually be done and bring people together,” Gottheimer said. “I hear that from people at home. These are all areas where both sides can come together and actually get things done.”
Areas include several bipartisan pieces of legislation on which members have already collaborated, bills that Gottheimer argues would have a good chance of passing if only put to the vote.
The Title 42 issue has become a major flashpoint in the Senate, where immigration policy delayed passage of a $10 billion Covid-19 relief package before the break. Republicans had insisted on a vote on an amendment that would have prevented the administration from exiting the policy. But Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, had refused to allow the amendment, arguing that immigration policy and Covid-19 funding were separate issues.
Going ahead to block the administration in Title 42 would certainly meet strong opposition from some progressives who had been pushing the administration on the issue for months.