Mostly because Mitch McConnell actually has something that the Democrats want, this time: to wit, the ability to unlock the Loretta Lynch nomination. And now that the Democrats have found a face-saving way* to back off on the inclusion of Hyde Amendment-style language in the human trafficking bill, it’ll probably pass on the second try. Aside from everything else, the papers are starting to get cranky… at the Democrats.
And that’s probably a bit more than ‘aside from everything else,’ at that.
*Basically, the Democrats are now claiming that, oopsie, a nameless ‘staffer’ actually did notice back in February that the Republicans had put in language clarifying that this law did not permit federal money to be used to pay for abortions; that staffer just ‘forgot’ to tell anybody, that’s all. As S.M. Stirling would say: bad staffer! BAD! No biscuit! …And I hope nobody really believes that this staffer actually exists?