The Monday Memo

You’re never childless when you have a husband. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • American Rescue Plan Act
  • The Filibuster
  • One More Thing


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 passed the U.S. Senate 50-49 on Saturday at 12:12 p.m. eastern time. This was after an all-nighter with senators voting on amendment after amendment and dodging roadblocks put up by Republicans.

I don’t know what was more exciting; seeing that help will soon be on the way to people, businesses, schools, state and local governments, or reading U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) messages on Facebook whining about the bill.

Daines does not handle losing very well. Many of the folks commenting on his remarks were for the bill. If there are those who support Daines voting against help for Montanans, email me and I will send you my PayPal address so you can send your stimulus payments to me.

The Associated Press (AP) has a rundown on what is in the bill HERE.

The Washington Post has a rundown on what is in the bill HERE.

Is it perfect? Nope.

I remember back in March 2020, when the U.S. Senate voted 90-8-2 to pass the almost $200 billion Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the $2.2 trillion CARES Act 96-0. That was back when people like Daines would take credit and praise Donald Trump for his leadership.

The big difference now is that Daines is in the senate minority and his biggest job is to try and get back in the majority as soon as possible – and hurt President Joe Biden along the way.


There’s more chatter about doing away or changing the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. In case you don’t understand the filibuster, click HERE.

Basically, before 1917, the Senate rules did not provide for a way to end debate and force a vote on a measure. That year, the Senate adopted a rule to allow a two-thirds majority to end a filibuster, a procedure known as “cloture.” In 1975 the Senate reduced the number of votes required for cloture from two-thirds (67) to three-fifths (60) of the 100-member Senate. (

With that, The Western Word is asking readers to weigh in by taking this poll:


The results will be posted later this week.


The Montana Legislature returns from break today (Monday) to see what else they can screw up.

Be afraid – be very afraid.


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