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Democratic leaders have lost their mojo



The power’s out for Democratic leaders.

Whether or not President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer end up passing most of the party’s sweeping $4 trillion domestic agenda, their struggles have revealed the limits of their juice.

Pelosi, D-Calif., the best vote-wrangler of her era, watched helplessly for most of the week — and for several months — as acrimony between moderates and progressives grew and the chances of swiftly delivering everything for Biden shrank. Respected and feared for so many years, she couldn’t break the impasse with pleas, threats or the unique brand of shuttle diplomacy that originally cemented her reputation as a master legislator.

After party leaders spent weeks ripping moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for failing to outline a counterproposal to the White House’s $3.5 trillion expansion of the social safety net, it was revealed Thursday that Schumer, D-N.Y., had signed a document detailing Manchin’s positions — including a $1.5 trillion bottom line — in July. That was news to progressives who had been repeating the line that Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have been negotiating in bad faith because they wouldn’t tell party leaders what they wanted.

And Biden found himself in the unusual position of subtly siding with a progressive cohort threatening to kill his infrastructure bill. He didn’t make an appearance on Capitol Hill this week to push the $500 billion-plus infrastructure measure until Friday after the vote was scrapped, and had not put any public pressure on progressives to back down.

Whether out of principle or simple acknowledgment of political reality, his aides are echoing the argument that his infrastructure bill can’t be enacted without agreement on the safety-net expansion.

“What he’s been spending his time on over the last couple of days is that — having conversations with Sen. Manchin, Sen. Sinema and others who have been very vocal about the fact that they’re not quite there yet,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. “And his objective is to try to get them there because that’s what members of the Progressive Caucus are looking for in order to support an infrastructure bill, many components of which they support.”

Pelosi, too, sided with the much larger progressive contingent over moderates.

She delayed a planned vote on infrastructure Thursday because progressives said they would sink it, even though they preferred not to be pushed into a position to put up “no” votes on one of the key pieces of Biden’s agenda.

“Nobody wants to have a vote that fails,” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a leader in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Thursday.

Beyond the substance, and despite Biden’s avowed commitment to civility, party leaders have not been able to tamp down vituperative sniping between the factions. During a House Democratic Caucus meeting this week, Pelosi asked her colleagues to project unity and stop staking out hard-line positions in public.

That didn’t work.

After Manchin said Wednesday that the $3.5 trillion safety-net bill amounted to “fiscal insanity,” Omar fired back.

“Inaction is insanity,” she told reporters on the Capitol steps Thursday. “Not willing to negotiate in good faith is insanity. Not fighting to have the critical investments that are needed is insanity. Trying to kill your party’s agenda is insanity.”

Of course, the best way for Biden, Schumer and Pelosi to bring their party together is to come up with a legislative solution that is satisfactory — if not pleasing — to both sides. As of late Thursday night, Manchin was holding firm to his $1.5 trillion offer, and progressives were unwilling to free the infrastructure bill.

That’s where the two sides were in July.

In the past, party leaders had enough influence over their members to ensure passage of the major items on a president’s agenda. But the dynamics of legislative politics have changed in a way that reflects the rancor of electoral politics — even within the parties.

Moreover, Biden has been weakened by sagging poll numbers, Pelosi has promised that this will be her last term as speaker — reducing the fear of repercussions for crossing her — and the revelation of Schumer’s long-secret acknowledgment of Manchin’s position has left lawmakers wondering what he was thinking.

“Leader Schumer never agreed to any of the conditions Sen. Manchin laid out; he merely acknowledged where Sen. Manchin was on the subject at the time,” a Schumer spokesperson told Politico. “Sen. Manchin did not rule out voting for a reconciliation bill that exceeded the ideas he outlined, and Leader Schumer made clear that he would work to convince Sen. Manchin to support a final reconciliation bill — as he has been doing for weeks.”

Asked about Manchin’s bottom line, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said it was dead on arrival in the House.

“I don’t think that would go anywhere,” she said.

If Democrats hope to salvage Biden’s agenda, his presidency and their majorities in Congress, they’ll have to figure out where they are going. And they’ll have to do it without the kind of power that leaders are accustomed to wielding.

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Survey shows majority of Americans reject Build Back Better: More think Biden’s infrastructure spending bill will hurt them more than help them



In a total inversion of what Democrats had expected, Americans have dismissed the expensive framework bill with gigantic social projects incorporated into it. Another survey shows that more Americans repel the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending proposition than welcome it.

As indicated by another ABC News/Ipsos survey delivered on Sunday, public help for President Joe Biden’s bills to expand spending on framework and social projects has blurred.

The overview tracked down that 32% of Americans feel that the spending bills would hurt individuals like them if they became law, while 25% said they accept the bills would help them. Close to 66% (64%) of Republicans figure the bills would hurt individuals like them, and 29% of free thinkers feel something very similar. In spite of being the significant system of Biden’s administration, less than half of Democrats (47%) accept the two bills would help them.

A CBS News survey from recently tracked down that 36% of respondents said it would help them and their family versus 33% who said it would hurt their friends and family. The overview additionally said that 79% of review members said that expansion was brought about by supply and assembling issues after the pandemic and 66% said it was brought about by U.S. government strategy. “And when asked about potential causes of inflation right now, two-thirds cited U.S. government policy,” the outlet stated.

The poll showed that just 37% of Americans thought that Biden and the Democrats were centered around issues they care very much about.

This sad survey for Biden and the Democrats shows up on that very days as a NBC News review that shows the president at unsurpassed lows. The NBC News surveys found that Biden was submerged interestingly of his administration – 42% endorsement rating versus 54% who object.

The survey likewise showed that 71% said the nation is “off on the wrong track” – including 48% of Democrats.

“When you see a wrong track of 71%, it is a flashing red light,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies said. “These folks are telling us that this is not going well.”

That is a huge increment from one more survey in September that said 61% of Americans felt like the country has “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.”

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President Biden says the Pope advised him to continue to take communion and considered him a ‘good Catholic’



President Joe Biden said that Pope Francis let him know he was a “good Catholic” and said he could keep on taking communion regardless of the complaints of numerous U.S. bishops.

Biden made the case after a private gathering with the pontiff at the Vatican on Friday.

“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion,” Biden said about the gathering.

He added that the topic of abortion didn’t come up in the gathering.

An assertion from the White House showed that Biden said thanks to the Pope for pushing for an “equitable global economic recovery” and for battling global warming.

“Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict, and persecution,” the assertion added.

The Vatican didn’t affirm Biden’s case in their official statement about their gathering.

Biden’s claim will probably disappoint and outrage many conservative Catholics in the U.S. who have called for communion to be declined to politicians who stand behind abortion, which is in opposition to Catholic church teaching.

The issue will be taken up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following upon a vote during their June plenary meeting to address it generally. After Biden met with the Pope, they delivered an assertion saying that they would not single out a particular legislator if they vote to say something about the issue.

The Pope had recently reacted to the contention by approaching the diocesans to try not to politicize the congregation’s most elevated holy observance, which would transform it into a “source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

Here’s additional info on the gathering between the Pope and Biden:

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Gold Star father tears into Biden over supposed arrangement to give large installments to illegal migrant families



Gold Star father David Horton slammed President Joe Biden in a meeting Sunday, scrutinizing the Biden organization’s accounted for plan to convey huge financial installments to some migrant families.

The Wall Street Journal announced last week about the arrangement to pay migrant families affected by previous President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance illegal immigration policies.

The Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation, according to people familiar with the matter, as several agencies work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma.

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift, the people familiar with the matter said. Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child, the people said. Many families would likely get smaller payouts, depending on their circumstances, the people said.

Among the issues pundits have raised with the arrangement, the greatest is that non-citizens remain to get additional cash from the U.S. government than gold star families if the arrangement becomes reality.

As of now, the U.S. government pays the group of fallen assistance individuals $100,000 in “death gratuity”; the installments are tax excluded. The families of service members additionally have the choice to gather a limit of $400,000 in extra security, however administration individuals need to pay into the protection intend to accept its advantages.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Horton — whose son, Army Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 — proclaimed the Biden administration’s arrangement “an insult” and clarified it disrespects military families.

“I think it’s another — yet another insult … against our military families and Gold Star families and veterans’ families,” Horton said. “It’s just another another slap in the face. It’s completely disrespectful.”

“To compare an illegal person who has broken our country’s border laws … they’ve broken the law coming in on our borders and to compare that with someone, a patriot like my son, who gave his all on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and to just say, ‘Oh well, the value is more for someone who has broken our laws’ … and now to say, ‘Oh, we owe you money — and it’s more money than we would pay a patriot — I am outraged,” Horton said.

“You just wonder, where is the outcry against some of these policies that are just there? Unbelievable to me,” Horton added.

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