Bernie Sanders Lost the Presidency. But He’s Shaping the Agenda.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., now have to figure out how to move the budget resolution through both of their chambers — a step that would launch a “reconciliation” bill — as well as a traditional infrastructure package. A bipartisan group of senators is working to produce a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would likely win support from House moderates in both parties, but that process has been slow and unwieldy.
And even though progressives are happy with where the leadership’s budget stands right now in terms of the $3.5 trillion price tag, there are signs of potential rebellion within their ranks. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., said last week that he can’t support a reconciliation bill if it doesn’t include a path to citizenship for certain sets of undocumented immigrants. Others on the left say that they will be watching closely to see whether a final reconciliation bill comprises their cherished climate-change initiatives. “By far the biggest red line will be about investment in climate,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that has sought to rally the left wing of the party.
For progressives who support Sanders, the trick is getting as many of their priorities into the reconciliation measure without killing both bills. If a single Democratic senator objects to the deal — or more than five House Democrats do — it can’t go forward. And progressives might try to sink a bipartisan infrastructure deal if they think moderates will stop the reconciliation measure.
“The question is how do we draw the line carefully but also be able to deliver,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “Any three or four people have a lot of power.” It’s not clear yet which of the progressives’ priorities can survive a “Byrd bath” — the Senate’s term of art for cleaning a bill of provisions that don’t conform to reconciliation rules. Immigration policy changes and some of the climate provisions could be on the chopping block. For now, though, progressives are excited by Sanders’s ability to frame the debate around a big dollar figure that could encompass much of his agenda.
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July 17, 2021 at 11:04 AM #435461djean111Participant
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Biden, Manchin, Sinema, Pelosi and Schumer will decide what gets done. There will be crumbs for likely voters; the rich will remain unscathed. This is just vote for the blue season starting. Must be nice to have a job where actual results don’t matter; on the other hand, methinks it is stupid to not think that actual results does not mean what the people think it means. No need to please people who are going to vote blue anyway, amiright? Just sneeringly dump out the usual excuses. Blue is just a logo, a brand name, whatever; stands for nothing else.
America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)
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July 18, 2021 at 4:03 AM #435579
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