Democrats had a small window of time to get Biden’s signature “build back better” spending bill passed. If they can’t get it done this year, they will have even less opportunity next year. As 2022 begins, they will be more worried about their reelection bids, than trying to pass legislation.
So, they need to get that bloated, socialist bill through before the Christmas recess. They had months to get this thing passed, mind you. But they delayed and delayed, knowing that Republicans and a few moderates would sink it. Unable to find a compromise or work together, Democrats are watching their chances slip away.
From The Hill:
The goal for Democrats was to pass President Biden’s sweeping climate and social spending package by Christmas, but that is slipping away as the Senate bogs down in one time-consuming fight after another…
Adding to the uncertainty, maverick Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has expressed worries about inflation and hasn’t yet said whether he’ll even vote to begin debate on the package. He made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to take a “strategic pause” to see how the economy reacts to the money being pumped into it by Congress.
After dragging their feet for a year, Democrats suddenly want to rush through Biden’s bloated spending bill. It seems like Schumer thought he could use the shrinking holiday window to ram it through the Senate. But a variety of problems are slowing them down. And it doesn’t look like they will be able to get this thing done before Christmas.
Schumer and his leftist cronies just might be fooling themselves. They don’t have a single vote for this bill from Republican senators. He needs every last Democrat to vote for Biden’s radical, wasteful spending bill. But senators like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are still strongly opposed to this plan.
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Can Schumer tackle the many hurdles needed to get this massive bill through the reconciliation loophole, and win over moderate senators who fear this bill will destroy the country?
That’s a tall order. And Schumer hasn’t shown any signs of being able to negotiate or get things done.
Democrats are desperate to get this bill through. They (wrongly) believe that their lagging approval is because they haven’t passed much since Biden entered office. But their approval continued to drop, even after passing his infrastructure bill. Not passing this spending bill would be good for them.