Mr Sanders initiated a budget reconciliation process – which expedites high-priority fiscal legislation that can’t be filibustered to death – for Mr Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan package to address the ongoing economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis. It passed without a single Republican vote in support.
But contrary to his reputation as a loner in Congress, Chairman Sanders relied on his colleagues’ support and remained in close contact with the White House, congressional leadership and the 93-member Progressive Caucus (whose growing influence – including meetings with the White House – has Mr Sanders’s imprint).
“People thought that he just yelled a lot, but didn’t get anything done,” said US Rep Pramila Jayapal, Progressive Caucus Chair and a 2020 campaign surrogate for Mr Sanders.
“But I really don’t think that’s ever been true,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “And I also think that people underestimate the power of the movement, the power of populism, the power of people really believing in something – and Bernie never has underestimated that.”
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