This Friday, President Biden and the Dems thought they could pull a fast one against Republicans when Biden announced he would support the bipartisan infrastructure agreement that had been worked out over several weeks of discussions. But he then revealed he would only sign this deal if his gargantuan “American Families Plan” was also accepted using reconciliation.
In other words, President Biden said he would not accept a deal he just claimed he would support. Republicans of course saw that as a bait-and-switch tactic, which it was, without a doubt. And they responded angrily.
In fact, their anger is now almost blowing up not just the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which many people have said was not bipartisan at all, but also any shot that Biden had for passing his Families Plan.
But this Saturday, Biden did another 180 and said he would sign the deal even if the bigger bill never got to his desk.
“To make it clear: our bipartisan agreement does not exclude Republicans from trying to defeat my Families Plan; but also, they should not have objections to my efforts to enact that Families Plan and other proposals.”
He understood that his remarks “gave the impression I was threatening to veto the plan I had just agreed to. This is not my plan.”
Biden needs all 50 Dem. senators to enact his spending bills using reconciliation. Right now, he does not have this support. Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have not shown they will support a reconciliation bill. And there are things inside the climate change bill that some energy state Democrats will see as very difficult to support.
The bottom line? Biden has odds that are under 50-50 that he can push the whole Democratic caucus within the Senate to support his reconciliation agenda.
Author: Scott Dowdy