Stimulus Bill Requires Biden's Intervention
Democrats think Biden must focus more on addressing internal party conflicts, both publicly and privately, to push the legislation through a party-controlled Congress.
To ensure that the $3.5 trillion social spending package is approved, Democrats want President Biden to get more involved in the turbulent budget reconciliation process in the House of Representatives and Senate.
For the last month, Biden has been concerned with major issues, including the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan and the COVID-19 pandemic, and has primarily left responsibility for the details of the package to congressional authorities.
Democrats believe that Biden must emphasize resolving internal party differences, both publicly and privately, to get the measure through a Congress controlled by his party and pass it.
According to a Democratic consultant who has talked with White House officials, "he has to become more involved for a number of reasons."
"He doesn't want to put any pressure on anybody, but he recognizes that he must do it in his own unique manner.
This is a major piece of his personal legacy."
In an allusion to President Barack Obama's 2009 stimulus package, the strategist said, "He doesn't want it winnowed down like Obama's bill."
Even though Democrats could garner additional support from Republicans and centrists within their own party, the law ended up costing more than $700 billion at the time. However, the law could have been much more expensive had Democrats garnered additional support from Republicans and centrists within their own party.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden will take a major step toward increasing his involvement.
His meetings with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to address their concerns about the reconciliation proposal are planned separately.
According to sources close to the White House, President Biden will continue to meet with key players in the legislative battle.
According to the sources, he is likely to travel and speak about the legislation whenever the opportunity arises.
President Biden is now on his first official trip to the West Coast as President. He has already begun pushing his economic plan, especially the sections that address climate change.
The President, in my opinion, is likely to be involved, although more behind the scenes is needed to apply pressure.
Democrat strategist Joel Payne said that "for now, we're still in the posturing and positioning phase."
For the promotion of the bundle, Payne predicted that Biden would likely go on "roadshow" throughout the country.
According to the White House, President Biden and other administration officials meet with members of Congress daily to discuss his goals and objectives.
According to the White House, Biden's meetings with lawmakers have been mainly kept confidential. For example, officials have refused to confirm or deny whether Biden has met with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate who has expressed concerns about the reconciliation package's $3.5 trillion price tag.
On Tuesday, after declining to confirm any phone calls with Manchin, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One that the president and White House officials were in constant communication and contact with members of Congress and their staff. "This has been, for us, all hands on deck in ensuring the president's agenda moves forward," Jean-Pierre said.
"We want to continue in this manner."
Achieving support from moderate Democrats such as Manchin, Sinema, and Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.) while avoiding alienating progressives who believe the reconciliation plan's baseline price tag of $3.5 trillion is too high is critical to the bill's survival.
Biden is thinking about the present negotiations.
On Monday evening in Sacramento, he downplayed concerns about the package's financial impact, claiming that it would cost "as much as $3.5 trillion" but would be spread over ten years.
According to Jean-Pierre, Biden "supports $3.5 trillion," which is the amount of money in a bill that he offered, legislation that he submitted, and he "will continue to engage with Congress to get that agenda through." Jean-Pierre did not suggest that Biden's remarks indicate that he is willing to accept a lesser package.
Democrats think that Biden will be forced to get more openly engaged in the process in the near future.
Indeed, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader [Charles] Schumer should be addressing many of these issues properly right now, and they should be handled correctly by both of them.
According to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid senior advisor Jim Manley, "as the process continues, I anticipate the president being more actively involved," said Manley, a Democrat strategist (D-Nev.).
Manley, along with other Democrats, predicted that the agreement would ultimately go below $3.5 trillion but that the $1.5 trillion amount offered by Manchin would be insufficient to achieve that goal.
At some time, Manley said, "the president himself will have to weigh in on the matter."
Biden told reporters last week that he was confident in his ability to persuade Manchin to join the effort.
"Joe has always been there for me at the end of the day.
He's been at my side since the beginning.
The President expressed excitement at the prospect of meeting with Manchin and coming to a compromise.
Prominent progressives who have expressed dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden's lack of involvement in the fight for voting rights legislation have called on the President to put forth greater effort in squeezing through a final package that does not fall short of Democratic objectives.
In the words of Mary Small, national advocacy director for the progressive group Indivisible, President Biden is expected to "go all-in" to see the legislation approved.
Small indicates that he will be just as dedicated to passing the reconciliation package as he was to achieve a bipartisan infrastructure deal.
The President received a number of bipartisan lawmakers at the White House during the infrastructure negotiations to speak about potential agreements.
In July, he visited Capitol Hill to have lunch with senators after the Senate Democrats agreed on a top-line budget proposal totaling $3.5 trillion in spending.
On the other hand, some feel that Biden's ability to sell the concept to the general public is more critical.
President Barack Obama, according to Joseph Geevarghese, executive director of the leftist group Our Revolution, has to make a sales presentation to the American people:
"I think there is space for backdoor negotiating and arm-twisting," says the analyst.
However, I think the President should take the offensive and say, "This is what here legislation means for you as a voter, and this is what it means for you as a worker."
As Geevarghese points out, the government is doing the right thing, but it has to step up the ante in its sales pitch.
He went on to say, "They need to step it up."