What are the odds Biden can un-stall the rest of his agenda? | CNN Politics
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the nation's economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on July 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden also reiterated his hope that Facebook will better police vaccine misinformation on their platform. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
We're sIx months into the Joe Biden presidency. The President is set to take part in a CNN Town Hall to be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For an honest assessment, I went to CNN’s Phil Mattingly, who covers the White House and knows as much as anyone about the procedures on Capitol Hill that Biden will have to maneuver if he wants to get more things done.
MATTINGLY: I always think about ARP through this lens – Biden put a $1. 9 trillion proposal on the table six days before he took office.
WHAT MATTERS: What are the current odds Biden is able to sign an infrastructure bill into law?
What I will say is this: The bipartisan infrastructure proposal is the linchpin of Biden’s whole agenda at this point.
There’s the math – without it, he doesn’t have the votes for the second piece of his plan, the $3. 5 trillion progressive-driven proposal that would transform the role of the government to a degree unseen in about decades.
WHAT MATTERS: Biden came into office pushing for unity and he has at least gotten some Republicans to negotiate on a bricks and mortar infrastructure plan and police reform.
Yes, Biden wants unity and bipartisanship (in Washington, not just in public polling, contra to what White House officials say).
Republicans weren’t going to support what Biden wanted on ARP.
White House officials believe the politics of the moment – coming off a once-in-a-century pandemic, and, to be frank, following a Republican president who wasn’t nearly as hostile to government programs as most in his party – will reward enacting those policies, even if along party lines.
Is the same true of Democrats and their unwillingness to compromise on elements of bills they want – they want Republicans to appear to be obstructionist and antidemocratic?
MATTINGLY: Honestly, my sense based on reporting is it’s far less about that than it is seeing a real moment to notch victories on issues they’ve only dreamed about enacting into law for decades.
There are limits obviously – with only 50 votes in the Senate, things like voting issues and elements of climate and immigration, are off the table.
WHAT MATTERS: Immigration, climate change, voting rights, police reform, gun control, are all perennial issues that leap to mind that Congress has been unable to address in a meaningful way for years or decades.
Immigration has come close so many times, and you don’t find anyone who think the current system is in any way sustainable, so that’s probably where many would lean.