Politico points a good that most media have NOT spotlighted….
President Biden danced with Progressives a week or so ago to balance against the Manchin/Sinema flexing …
The original House Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) wanted all sorts of free stuff….
They knew they would not get most of it…
But they held together…
Pushing for the original $3.5 Trillion enabled Biden and Pelosi to get the two Democratic conservative Senator ‘s to compromise up from their target of just one trillion and separating everything, which would cripple Biden leverage…
The Politico piece points out that the CPC WILL accept the $1.75 or $1.85 Trillion Biden framework that even Sen Sander and Warren have come to accept….And will make moderate Democrats happy that they won’t be fighting a ‘this thing cost TOOOO MUCH’ going into next years Midterms….
In the end?
Joe Biden the creature of Congress and the US Senate seems to be on the way to getting a good amount of a YUGE change in direction form the last four years on Donald Trump and the Republicans running things into the ground…(And ‘centrist’ Biden made friends with the left in doing so)
At what cost?
Democrats will be advised that the actually hardest part of all of this ?
Will be taking what they got and selling it to the American public to gather votes to keep their majority so they can keep working to make things ‘Better’ as Biden’s plan is advertised to do…..
President Biden could just be on the way back up in the polling after this is all done and signed off….
BIDEN GETS IT DONE, DESPITE HIMSELF — To say Thursday was a roller coaster for President JOE BIDEN’s agenda wouldn’t do justice to how truly head-spinning the day was. The White House releases a Build Back Better (BBB) deal backed by MANCHINEMA (now they’re getting somewhere) — only to watch BERNIE SANDERS balk (never mind). The president delays his trip to Europe to rally House Democrats behind his plan — then whiffs, somehow neglecting to deliver the tough love message Democratic leaders wanted him to so they could pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIF) this week.
But just when it looked like the day would end in embarrassment for Democrats, the Congressional Progressive Caucus issues a surprise endorsement of the president’s compromise plan — removing one of the last big obstacles in its way.
The CPC’s decision to back the new BBB framework got drowned out by the group’s refusal to allow a BIF vote Thursday before full text was drafted. That deprived Speaker NANCY PELOSI of the vote she was determined to hold on BIF, and yielded lots of headlines about Democrats’ failure to clinch the win.
But the dispute over sequencing masked a major achievement for the president: Hill progressives now appear ready to swallow this deal — and that means it’s likely a matter of when, not if, it passes.
The fact that the group isn’t making demands for major changes is quite something given that many of their priorities were significantly scaled back as moderates got most of what they wanted….
It’s a reminder that there is no Freedom Caucus of the left and probably never will be. Progressives find it hard to vote against things they believe in, even if the bill doesn’t have everything that they want. For that, perhaps Biden, who’s set to meet with the pope today, should count his blessings….
And everyone thought only GOPer Mitch McConnell could do this sorta stuff?