Democrats bitterly divided over massive spending bills, vaccine mandates: ‘It’s the effing progressives’

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Congressional Democrats are bitterly divided on a whole host of issues that include President Joe Biden’s massive reconciliation spending bill and his vaccine mandate which has led to stalemates on do-or-die liberal legislation and a very frustrated president.

“We’re not going to go for their anti-vaxxing,” Pelosi declared when asked if House Democrats were prepared to pass a bill to halt a government shutdown with an attached GOP-backed provision defunding Biden’s vaccine mandates, according to Fox News.

Two days later, Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia threw their support behind a resolution that would reverse Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses.

Biden is now threatening to veto the vote to block his mandate if it passes the House, according to CNBC.

The Democrats were just as torn over stripping Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) of her committee assignments because of comments she made concerning Ilhan Omar that they found objectionable.

“We cannot normalize this rhetoric, this language, anti-Muslim hate, Islamophobia, and racism,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) proclaimed during a press conference. “If leadership does not act accordingly, we are condoning that behavior.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other party leaders deflected and deferred from making a decision on the move. By the end of the week, no action was taken against Boebert.

Those are just two examples of issues tearing apart the Democratic Party. The biggest divide concerns their massive reconciliation spending bill along with the infrastructure bill.

Following the bipartisan vote to pass Biden’s infrastructure bill in the Senate, it got bogged down in the House as Democrats and progressives faced off over spending. Moderate Democrats then moved to pass the infrastructure bill promising progressives that their issues would be addressed in the bigger social spending bill.

Months of back-biting and quibbling ensued among Democrats. Progressives made it very plain that they did not trust the moderates to keep their word once the infrastructure bill was law.

“It’s the effing progressives,” one moderate Democrat reportedly told Fox News late in October. The anonymous Democrat accused the progressives of asking for “unreasonable things.”

The infrastructure bill would eventually pass. The massive social spending bill also passed the House but it is now stalled in the Senate. It’s beginning to look like it will not pass before next year if it passes at all.

“Now it’s time for Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to close the deal, for goodness sakes,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) asserted. “Enough is enough.”

“This is the Democratic Party,” Pelosi stated in November defending the impasse. “And it is a party with vitality and diversity. It’s something that we all respect and admire. We’re not a lockstep party. We are not just speaking as one person, and nobody else needs to show up. And that exuberance is the vitality … which we value and treasure and respect the different opinions within our party.”

Democrats return to D.C. on Monday and will attempt to tackle a number of long-simmering differences surrounding the $2 trillion package to overhaul the nation’s healthcare, education, climate, immigration, and tax laws. No one is optimistic that much of that will be resolved before the end of the year. And, once again, Manchin will take center stage as an obstructionist to their spending spree.

Biden is set to meet with Manchin to discuss the party’s path forward on the bills, according to The Washington Post. This is Biden’s latest attempt to save his economic agenda from further disputes and delays.

Manchin’s vote is the key to Biden’s pork fest. Republican leadership hopes that Manchin torpedoes the Build Back Better Act.

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Democrats are now defending 12 House seats that are either a “toss-up,” “lean Democratic,” or “lean Republican,” according to the Cook Political Report. Republicans are only defending four seats.

The 2022 midterm elections are shaping up as a tough fight for Democrats and their infighting is not helping them, which is good news for Republicans.


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