(Washington) In just under a year, Americans will be called to the polls in a midterm election, a referendum-like ballot for President Biden and the Democrats who are currently in charge of Congress.
If all goes as he sees fit, Joe Biden will be able to weigh in the balance the enactment of three historic bills, and this despite a tiny majority in the Senate. A legislative success comparable to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal or Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights reforms.
In his operation seduction, the president can already count on a plan of 1900 billion dollars passed in March to fight against the pandemic.
He is also comforted by the fact that Congress has in recent days avoided a freeze of government finances and the threat of a potentially catastrophic default for the world’s largest economy.
For the moment.
In truth, these two issues have not been completely overcome – just postponed for a few months.
As the end of the year holidays approach, traditionally launched by Thanksgiving at the end of November in the United States, Congress finds itself debating four areas, and not the least: it must avoid the paralysis of the federal state ( nicknamed shutdown) and debt default, pass a massive infrastructure bill and pass Joe Biden’s even more colossal social spending program, dubbed ” Build Back Better “(” Build back better “).
But parliamentarians postponed the first three of these thorny issues until later. And the last one is still the subject of many negotiations
“They have had months and months to move forward, and they have failed to materialize their efforts,” said on MSNBC Brendan Buck, former adviser to the Republican Party leaders. “So I think they are not at the end of their sentences. ”
Following the bitter negotiations on Capitol Hill and seeing Joe Biden’s popularity tumble below 40%, the White House is struggling to keep its head up.
“I can assure you that we are never too gloomy around here, even when the situations may seem difficult”, swept Jen Psaki, the spokesman for the president at a press conference Tuesday.
Joe Biden – who has been a senator for more than 35 years – hopes not to be curbed by the obstacle of a divided Congress, even though clashes between elected officials on both sides are likely to escalate as the midterm elections mandate are approaching.
” On time ”
But it is his own party, not the opposition, which is for the moment giving the White House advisers a cold sweat: relations are deteriorating between the progressive and moderate factions of the Democrats, around the two major projects with which Joe Biden intends to reform America.
The left protests against the fact that the centrists seek to lower the bill of the social component of Joe Biden – a project of 3,500 billion dollars, which provides for increased access to education, health, care and guards children, but also massive investments in the fight against climate change.
In return, she refuses to consider the infrastructure bill supposed to repair America’s roads, bridges and ports until she gets an agreement on the social project.
Opposite, the more centrist elected officials – some facing a hotly contested midterm elections – are determined to win any legislative victory that they can then assert in the campaign, and will not support Biden’s social component as long as the infrastructure spending will not have been promulgated.
But there is still one principle that all Democrats agree on: it will be virtually impossible to maintain control over either house of Congress next year if they come back empty-handed from the current legislative battles. .
“I am not asking elected officials to vote for something that has no chance of being voted on in the Senate,” Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Tuesday.
And to clarify. “I am optimistic that we will get to where we need to be. ” ” On time. ”