A recent White House memo claims there is ‘overwhelming’ public support for Joe Biden’s presidential economic agenda for America.
The memo, passed around by the White House, stated the following: “As we enter the final phase of legislative negotiations over the President’s economic package — the evidence is overwhelming that the wind is at our backs and the public is eager for both of these packages to become law.”
The White House goal is to have a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package and infrastructure bill passed – a bill to be voted upon on Thursday, as set by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The vote was supposed to happen Monday, but Pelosi delayed several more days. She referred to it as ‘historic legislation’ while suggesting the larger spending bill might have to shrink.
Moderates are concerned with the cost of the package and Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling, something many Republicans suggest is a bad idea.
Sen. Pat Toomey suggested Sen. Chuck Schumer would amend a budget resolution, allowing Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own.
Sen. Pat Toomey: "After Republicans vote no, Chuck Schumer is going to do what he could've done months ago, what he could've done weeks, what he could do tomorrow, and that is, he will amend the budget resolution so that Democrats can pass the debt ceiling all by themselves." pic.twitter.com/KFLYPVWMU8
— The Hill (@thehill) September 27, 2021
When it comes to Biden’s White House memo claiming the ‘overwhelming’ support, the memo used statistics from several polls in hopes to gather more support, as The Hill reported:
A Fox News poll conducted earlier this month included in the memo found that 56 percent of registered voters in the survey favor the $3.5 trillion package, while 39 percent opposed and 5 percent were unsure.
A new Pew poll released late last week that is also cited found that 49 percent of U.S. adults polled favor the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, while only 25 percent oppose it. The poll found a decent chunk of respondents — 25 percent — remain unsure about the bill.
Another poll cites numbers from two Democratic firms. The firms, Data for Progress, and Navigator Research, both suggested that 60% of the people polled were supportive of Biden’s plans.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill could cost $1 trillion. The budget reconciliation bill could cost up to $3.5 trillion.
Pelosi suggested she wouldn’t bring a bill to the House without having the votes for it. She mentioned this to George Stephanopoulos during an episode of “This Week” on ABC News.:
"I'm never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn't have the votes."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos that she may not bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the House floor Monday as she previously committed to. https://t.co/iBAc9TuzAq pic.twitter.com/AmWyFLu4YO
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 26, 2021
That explains the reason Pelosi delayed the vote from today to Thursday and indicates that Democrats may not have the support they need.
However, the infrastructure plan was already approved by the Senate and made its way to the House. Up next is Biden’s desk and Pelosi wants this done by Thursday’s vote.
Pelosi said over the weekend that “everybody, overwhelmingly, and I think even those who want a smaller number, support the vision of the president.”
However, it’s clear that many Republicans do not support the vision of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
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