Democrats efforts to get the Biden agenda voted on and in….
Pelosi and Schumer are telling their members they need to secure an agreement on the social spending bill by the end of this week. The House could even vote by the end of the month.
“We’re getting there. The gaps are closing. The vibe in our caucus is different. Folks are being more clear-eyed about: ‘We’ve got to get this done,’” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who is close to Biden. “There’s a lot of reasons why these next 10 days are critical. To chip shot this into December is really, really problematic.”
Democrats are also getting more specific, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tossing a carbon tax and a green utilities program overboard while insisting on means testing much of the bill. Biden also told progressives Tuesday that an expanded boost to the child tax credit could be made shorter and that free community college could be jettisoned.
Biden’s price tag for the bill at the moment is around $2 trillion and he wants to lock down an agreement before heading overseas at the end of this month for climate talks, according to Democrats familiar with Tuesday’s discussions.
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) said he left Biden’s meeting with progressives thinking “the president is committed to getting this done as soon as possible. And I was kind of surprised by that.” …
This from a Republican @ Roll Call on a new Gallup poll…..
A Gallup poll from March found two-thirds of respondents saying they were “concerned about global warming,” with 43 percent “a great deal” worried and 22 percent “a fair amount.” Other research has shown that Americans increasingly believe government must take more steps to address the global climate problem.
But to judge the saliency of climate change as a political issue, we should put its importance to voters in context, and most data indicates that climate change, while a major issue, isn’t the top priority of most people.
An Oct. 13-14 Ipsos poll asked people about “the most important problem facing the U.S. today?” Twenty-one percent said the economy, unemployment and jobs. Next came public health at 13 percent, immigration at 9 percent and climate change at 8 percent.
An Oct. 15-18 Quinnipiac poll came up with similar results: Eighteen percent said the economy was the most urgent issue facing the country, 16 percent said COVID-19, 15 percent immigration, 9 percent health care and 8 percent climate….