It keeps playing in the media on and ON…..
Driving down Biden’s poll umbers and making next years Midterm elections forecasts worst for Democrats….
Democrats trying to tell the media how to cover things probably isn’t help things as the voters keep reading about the price tag and taxes for the ‘Go Big’ Biden/Democratic legislation and budget push…
The internal push/pull AMONG Democratic lawmakers’ factions in Congress , in PUBLIC, ain’t helping them either….
This while we see prices climbing at the gas pump and supermarkets….
Punchbowl News: “Now onto the next deadline. In 18 days, federal highway spending authority expires. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer want to get a reconciliation package and infrastructure bill to Biden’s desk before November hits.”
“But let’s just be abundantly clear Democrats are nowhere right now. They do have a window to strike a deal over the next few weeks, but can they make it happen? That’s the huge question hanging over Washington right now.”
“Negotiations between the White House, Pelosi and Schumer haven’t resulted in a ‘topline’ spending number yet, and it’s not clear when that will happen. No one in the House or Senate leadership could give us any timetable on Tuesday other than to say they were ‘working on it.’ Without that compromise, the rest of the multi-trillion dollar reconciliation package can’t be finished. And House Democrats can’t pass the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill already approved by the Senate, a critical issue for Biden that Democrats outside the Beltway are begging for right now.”
From The Hill….
Democrats are struggling to break through on their sweeping social spending bill amid a laser-like focus on the price tag and high-profile squabbles.
Democratic leadership has set an end-of-the-month deadline to get both the spending package and a Senate-passed infrastructure bill to President Biden, as they try to turn the page on weeks of infighting that has spotlighted internal divisions and thrown the party’s legislative agenda into limbo.
The effort to show momentum comes as congressional Democrats and Biden have seen their poll numbers slip as they creep deeper into the year. And while the ideas behind the spending bill are popular with voters, a CBS News poll released this week found that only 10 percent of Americans knew a lot about the specifics and 57 percent indicated they didn’t know any details about the multitrillion-dollar proposal….
Democrats argue part of their problem is an intense media focus on the price tag for the reconciliation bill, rather than the potential benefits for residents.
The CBS News poll found that the potential cost of the bill topped a list of what Americans had heard about the legislation. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they had heard about $3.5 trillion in spending, in line with the 58 percent who said they had heard about tax increases for high-income earners. Those two figures are significantly above the 40 percent who said they had heard about lowering drug prices under Medicare or expanding Medicare to cover hearing, vision and dental — two big priorities for Democrats…
A growing number of voters think congressional Democrats are underperforming expectations. Twenty-four percent of Democrats said in June that Democratic lawmakers had accomplished less than expected, compared to 37 percent who said the same in October, according to a Morning Consult-Politico poll.
Democrats aren’t just struggling to drive home the details of their plan to voters; they’ve also been unable to secure breakthroughs with each other that would put Biden’s bill on a glide path….
Congressional Democrats previously cleared a budget resolution that allows them to pass a spending bill of up to $3.5 trillion without needing to break a 60-vote legislative filibuster in the Senate, meaning they can bypass Republicans.
But since then, Democrats have been locked in constant, headline-grabbing rounds of infighting, including the White House vs. Congress, the House vs. Senate, moderates vs. leadership and moderates vs. progressives….