“If any member of Congress is not concerned that this could fall apart, they need treatment”
We are only nine months into Joe Biden’s presidency and many Democrats are already worried that the wheels are coming off. The massive $3.5 trillion spending bill they are trying to ram through keeps hitting roadblocks, and they know time is running out.
After all the massive failures we’ve witnessed in recent weeks, if their spending bill crashes and burns, it would be a massive embarrassment for this administration.
Dems fear Biden’s domestic agenda could implode
Internal Democratic discord has wounded President Joe Biden’s massive social spending plan, raising the prospect that the package could stall out, shrink dramatically — or even fail altogether.
Myriad problems have arisen. Moderate Senate Democrats Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) continue to be a major headache for party leadership’s $3.5 trillion target. The Senate parliamentarian just nixed the party’s yearslong push to enact broad immigration reform. House members may tank the prescription drugs overhaul the party has run on for years. And a fight continues to brew over Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) push to expand Medicare.
“If any member of Congress is not concerned that this could fall apart, they need treatment,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who warned his party “will pay for it at the polls” if it fails in enacting Biden’s agenda. “Our caucus has the feeling of freedom to support or oppose leadership.”…
“I wish that we could all be more on the same page, in terms of timing, of the need to push the [American Families Plan],” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). “I’m hopeful we are going to have a meeting of the minds and not wait until next year … we better have a Plan B.”
The far left members of the party are butting heads with the moderate wing:
A group of five to 10 House moderates have signaled to leadership that they would be willing to let the infrastructure bill fail rather than be held hostage by liberals over the broader spending bill.
As long as there is a single American still stranded in Afghanistan, Biden’s agenda should be completely frozen. We’ve heard rumblings like this from some Republicans, but it should be the party’s official stance.
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air commented on what this means for the 2022 midterms:
Guess what? Democrats have already started paying a price at the polls, and it’s not because the Biden agenda hasn’t passed. RealClearPolitics doesn’t chart their aggregate average on the generic congressional ballot question, but the numbers have been cutting away from Democrats over the summer. At the moment, Democrats are up by 1.3 points, thanks in part to an outlier +4 from Quinnipiac. That’s the first over-the-MoE lead Democrats have had since a May poll, also from Quinnipiac. Everything else has been a one-point difference.
Those who follow this trend understand that these narrow gaps do not portend a tie. This question routinely overfavors Democrats for various polling and structural reasons, but it’s generally assumed that anything less than a D+5 is bad news for Democrats — especially in a midterm with a Democratic president.
It’s important to note that all of Biden’s current problems are of his own making. Inflation, the border crisis, Afghanistan, all of it could have been prevented.
If Biden’s agenda goes off the rails, Democrats will have no one to blame but the engineer they put in charge.DONATE
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