Tag: Build Back Better

How Chuck Schumer Finally Got His Big Breakthrough

With the public optimism of a party leader, Schumer told me he thinks Democrats will keep and even expand their majority. “We’re going to do a lot more. We’re not finished,” Schumer said. “But I think the [Inflation Reduction Act] showed the possibilities of what we can do if we stay together, if we stay […]

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Forget FDR. Biden Is a Major President in His Own Right.

The results of these unrealistically elevated expectations can be seen in the polls. Even with a slight rebound in Biden’s numbers, there remains a Democratic deficit. According to a new Ipsos survey, only 75 percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s record as president. The Economist/YouGov poll released last week has Biden’s backing among Democrats bumping […]

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How Progressives Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Inflation Reduction Act

Still, the Inflation Reduction Act provides a campaign talking point ahead of what is expected to be a bruising midterm. Democrats could certainly use any kind of boost in November, as they are widely expected to lose the House and may also lose the Senate. “When we’re thinking about, what is the way that we […]

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Raising Young Kids in America Has Become Hell, and The Government Should Finally Acknowledge That

However, while states can help on the margins, and some limited federal laws could get passed, what is actually needed is a new paradigm, one that centers these families as a distinct class of people the same way the federal government treats seniors. Even if states choose to act, or if something like the Romney […]

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Inflation Reduction Act’s Big Win, the Senate Still Sucks

For the IRA, Democratic lawmakers used another “one neat trick” to surmount the filibuster: the reconciliation process. In 1974, Congress passed a law to regularize the budget-making process that allowed lawmakers to pass certain types of spending and taxation legislation with a simple majority. Technically, this also applies for the House, but since the House […]

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Yes, the Inflation Reduction Act Is a Big Effing Deal

So that brings us back to the Inflation Reduction Act, IRA. Yes, I wish it were bigger and contained some of the key elements of BBB like subsidized childcare and Medicare expansion and housing. Yes, that sop to Joe Manchin on fossil fuels is very unfortunate. And Republicans stripping out the insulin provision for non-seniors […]

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The Inflation Reduction Act Passes After a Long and Exhausting Weekend in the U.S. Senate

Patrick Leahy arrives for the vote-a-rama in his Batman wheelchair. Bill Clark/Getty Images After limited debate on the reconciliation bill, the Senate proceeded to the vote-a-rama, thus called because it involves nonstop votes on as many amendments as possible without debate. The amendments must be deficit neutral or lessen the deficit, or be “germane.” The […]

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The Democrats Suddenly, Unexpectedly, Have Some Momentum

The focus on Donald Trump and the GOP’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election has similarly soured many on the Republican Party, making a landslide election less likely. “If the headlines over the spring were about stalled progress in Washington, the headlines over the summer have been about the human consequences and the consequences of […]

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The Democrats’ Surprise Chance to Snatch Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

But those winners were largely wiped out in 2020 (Horn lost). Now, if you look at the list of the 26 tossup Democrats, there are only two in those kinds of districts: Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd, which is R+6, and Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania’s 8th, which is R+4. Most of them are in districts […]

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Manchin refuses to say whether he would support Biden in 2024

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday would not answer directly when asked if he would support President Biden if he ran for reelection in 2024.   “I’m not going I’m not getting into 2022 or 2024,” Manchin told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “Whoever is my president, that’s my president. And Joe Biden is […]

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Democrats Gave Mitch McConnell a Taste of His Own Medicine

“We got our ass kicked. It’s just that simple,” said Republican Senator John Kennedy. “Looks to me like we got rinky-doo’d. That’s a Louisiana word for ‘screwed.’ And we got our ass kicked. That’s the way my people back home see it.” The problem, it seems, is that the typically more tepid Democrats have started […]

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Manchin Does Smart Politics, for Once

While voters may not rank climate as highly as the economy among a list of concerns, Mildenberger doesn’t think that’s the most important metric. Asking about where climate lands in a ranked list, Mildenberger notes, obscures how popular climate policy can be when it is paired with improvements to working-class people’s lives, like affordable housing […]

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Joe Manchin Moment

Manchin’s motivations have been easier to parse than Sinema’s. He clearly sees breaking with national Democrats to be beneficial for him in his home state, which went to Donald Trump by nearly 40 points in 2020. He similarly caters to energy interests in his home state (the relaxations of federal pipeline regulations will help a […]

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Manchin and Schumer Surprised Everyone With the Inflation Reduction Act—Even Democrats Themselves

Representative Jamaal Bowman, another progressive, told reporters on Thursday that he was “very disappointed and actually pretty angry that the childcare provisions were taken out.” But he was circumspect about most Democrats being left out of the final negotiating process. “They’re senators, you know; one is the Senate majority leader, and one has been a […]

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Joe Manchin Killed the Expanded Child Tax Credit. Democrats Have a New Plan to Revive It.

Brown said that Democrats should not accept any tax cuts for the wealthy unless it is coupled with an extension of the child tax credit. This idea was also raised by Adam Ruben, the campaign director of the Economic Security Project, who suggested that extending tax breaks for research and development—which is popular on the […]

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Joe Manchin Is a Terrible Prime Minister

But there were also early signs of the trouble that would lie ahead. Manchin wielded that power in ARP negotiations to water down some of its key provisions, forcing Democrats to add means-testing to the bill’s $1,400 stimulus checks and mandating that the expanded unemployment benefits expire that September. Perhaps most infamously, Manchin directed that […]

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