President Joe Biden, center, along with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol on January 6, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Just a few weeks ago, Democrats’ agenda had pretty much withered away due to inaction.
But now legislative and ballot wins have put new winds in the sails of the flailing majority.
Even with the latest victories, Democrats face an uphill battle ahead of the midterms.

It was only weeks ago that it seemed Democrats were destined to leave most of their domestic priorities behind in the face of internal party splits and fierce GOP resistance.

Then came a deal that caught most of Congress flat-footed: a surprise, 725-page bill from key centrist Sen. Joe Manchin aimed at reining in prescription drug prices, extending financial assistance for Obamacare, and establishing over $300 billion in clean-energy tax credits amounting to the largest climate package in US history.

It marks a turning point for Democrats after multiple failures and puts some wind behind the party’s back ahead of midterm elections.

“A lot of people have been critical of the president in the last year and a half — in particular the last eight months, talking about his administration,” Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh told Insider. “If you take President Biden’s first year and a half, will be two years within the year, and look what he’s accomplished, he’s accomplished as much as any, or if not more, than most administrations ever to hold that office.”

However, even as Democrats are on the verge of approving their biggest domestic victory yet, the party still faces an uphill battle to keep control of Congress in the November midterms. With many young voters and progressive lawmakers disillusioned with Biden’s pared-back bill and inaction, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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