They shouldn’t be surprised…..
They never had much of a chance with some of their goals….
Even among their own party members….
With thin majority margins in the House and Senate?
Things just were not destined to go their way….
(Read Democratic Senator’s Manchin and Sinema)
And in the end?
They will NOT derail the whole Democratic effort to get a good amount, but not all , of President Biden’s ‘Go Big’ bills and budget…..
(Biden wants results….He was a Senator for a long time he’ll take what he can get in the end…..)
Immigration, voting rights, policing, gun control: Congress is filled with liberal hopes crushed by the reality of slim Democratic majorities. So progressives are digging in on what could be their last chance at success in years.
As Democrats race to pull together a multitrillion-dollar party-line social spending package, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s left flank is pushing as hard as it can to see progressive priorities reflected. They’ve repeatedly vowed to tank a bipartisan infrastructure bill on the floor as soon as this week if they don’t see more movement — a strategic flex that reflects how many of their other goals have withered.
The party-line spending bill was always important to the left, designed as a once-in-a-generation expansion of the social safety net. But as other legislation vital to liberal lawmakers stalled or collapsed, thanks in large part to the threat of a Senate GOP filibuster, the social spending plan acquired outsized importance to progressives.
Liberals started this Congress with high hopes, thanks to full Democratic control of Washington for the first time in a decade. They also had a lengthy to-do list: a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants, a $15 minimum wage, new gun control laws, expanding voting, new standards for racial justice in policing and scrapping the legislative filibuster….
While Democrats insist that there’s always next year to act on their priorities, privately they recognize that the closer they get to the midterms, the less ability they will have to legislate….