Joe Biden got some bad news.
It threw a giant curveball to Biden over Biden’s plans to advance his radical agenda.
And now Joe Biden’s life turned into a living hell because of a shocking health emergency.
Democrats hold the majority in a 50-50 Senate because of Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to cast a tie-breaking vote.
But Chuck Schumer’s worst nightmare came true.
For at least the next month, Democrats lost their ability to confirm nominees and pass a socialist spending bill on a strictly party-line vote.
That’s because New Mexico Democrat Senator Ben Ray Luján’s chief of staff Carlos Sanchez announced that Senator Luján suffered a stroke and would spend an undetermined amount of time recovering.
“Senator Luján was found to have suffered a stroke in the cerebellum, affecting his balance. As part of his treatment plan, he subsequently underwent decompressive surgery to ease swelling,” Sanchez wrote.
“Senator Luján looks forward to getting back to work for the people of New Mexico. At this time, he and his family would appreciate their privacy, and ask for your continued prayers and well wishes,” Sanchez added.
Fortunately, the good news is that Senator Luján is expected to make a recovery to full health and rejoin the Senate.
“My understanding is [it’s] relatively minor, but he’s still in the hospital, expecting a full recovery. … It’s really easy for all of us in this business, to put this place first. And my hope is that Ben Ray will put himself first for the next few weeks so that he gets an absolute full recovery. Because I can’t do this job without his help. He is such a spark plug for the state that we’re all just hoping to have him back in the saddle as soon as it’s good for him,” New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich stated.
But this represents a massive setback for Joe Biden.
With only 49 Democrats Schumer’s plans to revise the nearly $5 trillion socialist spending bill are dead.
Even if Schumer could twist West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin to get on board Schumer still lacks the votes to pass the spending spree through the budget reconciliation process.
But the biggest blow to Joe Biden is Luján’s stroke slams the brakes on Biden’s process to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.
Without 50 assured votes Biden’s nominee cannot move forward.
In previous Congresses, Senators Tim Johnson and Mark Kirk missed four to six months after suffering strokes.
There is no indication yet that Senator Luján would need that much to recuperate back to full health.
But any lengthy delay could complicate Biden’s plans and either force Biden to pick a more moderate nominee in the hopes of winning GOP support or banking on Luján making it back to full health in a short period of time.
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