Democratic infighting could doom Biden’s ambitious legislative agenda: Reports

President Joe Biden has spent weeks attempting to unite his party’s progressive and moderate factions behind his multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better spending plan.

As one conservative pundit argued, however, Biden’s latest effort to satisfy all Democrats with a scaled-back version of the proposal appears destined to fail.

Progressives, moderates remain at odds

The president put forth a $1.75 trillion framework, which is roughly half the size of the massive plan backed by progressive Democrats.

Writing for the Washington Examiner, columnist Kaylee McGhee White noted that Biden’s effort to appeal to moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is not going over well with far-left lawmakers.

She opined that the exclusion of provisions such as “paid family and medical leave, free community college, expansions of other Medicare benefits, such as dental and vision, and the ability to lower the cost of prescription drugs” could cost the president support among progressives.

Furthermore, McGhee White pointed out that Manchin and Sinema have yet to make any promises about how they will vote when the proposal is put before the Senate.

For their part, leftist lawmakers could decide to retaliate by stymieing a smaller bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed in the Senate earlier this year and has been essentially held hostage on Capitol Hill since then.

Biden’s ambitions could go up in smoke

In a recent tweet, CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju noted that progressive U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) vowed to vote no on the infrastructure package unless both bills are put to a vote at the same time.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg senior White House correspondent Jennifer Jacobs reported that Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) has signaled that she is not on board either.

“The loose outline is NOT enough to allow her to vote for infrastructure,” Jacobs tweeted, noting that others in the Democratic Party are “also stressing there is no deal yet.”

All of this has led McGhee White to conclude that the president’s prospects for a landmark legislative victory have all but evaporated.

“Can you hear that?” she wrote. “That’s the sound of Biden’s dream of becoming the next Franklin D. Roosevelt or Lyndon B. Johnson going up in flames.”

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