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Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
Internal Democratic discord has wounded President Joe Biden’s massive social spending plan, raising the prospect that the package could stall out, shrink dramatically — or even fail altogether.

Myriad problems have arisen. Moderate Senate Democrats Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) continue to be a major headache for party leadership’s $3.5 trillion target. The Senate parliamentarian just nixed the party’s yearslong push to enact broad immigration reform. House members may tank the prescription drugs overhaul the party has run on for years. And a fight continues to brew over Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) push to expand Medicare.

“If any member of Congress is not concerned that this could fall apart, they need treatment,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who warned his party “will pay for it at the polls” if it fails in enacting Biden’s agenda. “Our caucus has the feeling of freedom to support or oppose leadership.”

“None of us know where this is gonna go,” said Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.). “This is where leadership is made or broken, plain and simple. And that's true of the president, that's true of speakers, that's true of majority leaders.”

What’s more, the party’s long-running goal of enacting immigration reform is now in major doubt, as there may be no path to including legal status in the reconciliation bill and bipartisan talks have repeatedly stalled out. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) acknowledged “the immigration stuff is a setback, but certainly not a death knell.”

But Democrats close to the centrists say progressives are vastly overplaying their hand. A group of five to 10 House moderates have signaled to leadership that they would be willing to let the infrastructure bill fail rather than be held hostage by liberals over the broader spending bill. It's a more attractive alternative to them than having to vote for painful tax increases to pay for an unrestrained social safety net expansion, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

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re: Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
Who could have guessed an entire platform of "We're not Trump" wouldn't be very successful


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re: Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
Like the rest of his *Residency?

Count on it.


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re: Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
Could?


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re: Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
Dems have one thing and only one thing in common:

GREED



Wait, I stand corrected, they have two:

THEY'RE ALL JACKASSES.............


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re: Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
It needs to fall apart.


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re: Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode
None of this Biden’s anything…he’s just the old puppet they used to get close enough to cheat the election.


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I don’t think Manchin, Sienema, etc are necessarily against this as much as trying to get as big a payoff as possible because neither will get re-elected if this passes.

They become the likes of Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, etc, who get turfed from their seats for doing the party’s bidding.


I don’t think the question is whether they get offered a big enough payoff, I think the question is whether it happens before outside events kill the bill, such as a Dem senator dying, a massive economic downturn, etc, that upsets the balance and makes the bill a dead letter.


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