A Long Road Ahead

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –   On Wednesday, President Joe Biden was at the Senate, celebrating a “budget deal with Democrats.” However, there’s still a long process that will test Biden’s boldness with his former colleagues.

It was during a closed-door luncheon that Biden called his “homecoming” – since he had served in the Senate for decades – that he inspirited the Democrats to be rigorous on “both the bipartisan physical infrastructure package and a larger $3.5 trillion social spending package.”

In rural America there are working-class voters who need encouragement. Biden stressed “delivering on these families and jobs agenda could help Democrats reverse losses in those areas.”

Attendees at the luncheon also said that Biden understands that there is work to be done in getting “two key moderate senators to sign on to the deal.” However, they still must keep the support of the progressive senators that want to go forward. 

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) – who is the Senate’s most conservative Democrat – said after the luncheon was over that “he has concerns about inflation as well as Democratic language in the spending package that relates to fossil fuels.”

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said during an interview that Biden “understands this is a process, but the president is rightfully confident in our ability to get something over the line.”

Biden made sure that his remarks at the luncheon were focused on the details of his agenda. This would include the child tax credit that will be sent to bank accounts this week. 

Biden got standing ovations as well as praise from the senators. This included praise from Joe Tester (D-Mont.) – a moderate – and, also, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – the progressive chair of the budget committee. 

The $4 trillion physical and social infrastructure plans will be delivered, and the Senate Democrats retreated from the luncheon in an upbeat and positive frame of mind.

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