Washington. – North American President, Joe Bidensat by the poolside on saturday white Houseenjoying the heat of Washington and in telephone contact with his party’s senators while he has long dues economic agenda The Senate was about to vote.
It was an exciting and delicate moment at the same time, and Biden – who had understandably stayed out of the conversation – didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Biden reached out to Democratic Senators Mark R. Warner (Virginia), Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (both Minnesota), among others, encouraging them to step forward and praise their work. The Final Statement of the Law on Health, Taxes and Climate Change Which is the centerpiece of his government’s domestic agenda.
at the end of sunday The Senate approved the law, and thus Biden ended a remarkable three-week hot streakDuring which important laws were approved to help military veterans with health problems and encourage the manufacture of microchips, historical figures for job creation were known, gas prices recorded a sustained drop, the largest in decades. Progress was made in NATO expansion, and the United States achieved its long-delayed goal of assassinating the leader of al-Qaeda. Biden’s package of economic laws will come to the House of Representatives on FridayWhere Democrats are confident they have the votes to pass it.
But hot streaks have not been the norm for Biden, who faced rock-bottom popularity levels and a sweeping succession of crises. His supporters say that now The challenge for Biden is to turn this favorable streak into a turning point to restart his administration and inspire Democrats, so that it is not diluted as a fleeting increase in expectations within a complicated first term. To achieve this, Biden must Reassure voters that these weeks’ progress bodes well not only for his government, but for the American people as well.
recent success “They got Democrats to convert a Category 5 hurricane to a Category 3”David Axelrod, former adviser to Barack Obama. “The difference is huge.”
But that difference will only matter if Democrats manage to hit Republicans where it hurts the most. “Democrats have made some really significant gains in recent weeks, but it’s important that they weigh those gains against the growing image of the Republican Party as a hostage of extremists.”Axelrod says. Republicans have faced the impact of slashing the price of insulin and opposition to the initial blocking of the veterans’ health law.
The passage of the budget bill, Biden’s most spectacular victory, was the result of his decision to move away from the issue and instead take the leadership role of negotiating the senators. Tough position for a self-proclaimed guru in handling the Senate, In December, when previous talks with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III broke down, Biden ordered his aides not to reveal details of any of his conversations with members of Congress and thus withdrew from public view.
“One of the great lessons to be learned was to recognize the mistake of letting the conversation with senators dominate the public conversation, because it disparages minorities and doesn’t impact laws that make community center stage life. People,” says Jen Psaki, former press secretary in the Biden administration. “Sometimes the best things happen without people knowing about it.”
In addition, Democrats hope the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling – which guarantees abortion rights – will leave voters concerned about what they see as an extremist drift by the Republican Party. Let’s see, a hope that was reinforced by Kansas voters recently disapproving of the anti-abortion measure.
Democrats also say that the budget bill, which includes incentives for renewable energy development and allows the Medicare health system to negotiate drug prices, would be a Relief for the pockets of many North Americans.
“This is the most important action that Congress and President can take steps to tackle inflation and provide significant relief to American families“As is the approach to drug pricing,” says Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council.
Republicans, however, say that in the short term the bill will not reduce over-the-counter prices and that the only thing included in the rule is the minimum corporate tax will hurt the economy.
Senator Klobuchar said Republican wrongdoing and Democrats’ gains have changed the political climate in the country.
“two things happening at the same time” Klobuchar says. “On the one hand, the veil on Republican extremism has been lifted by the Supreme Court. And at the same time the government is doing basic things to solve people’s problems.”
While the Capitol was the scene of frantic negotiations, an event was taking place in Kansas that no one saw coming.
On August 2, Kansas voters were to decide on a proposal to eliminate guarantees protecting abortion rights from that state’s constitution, First political test on voters’ response to Supreme Court’s “Dobbs rule”, The Democratic National Committee used its army of volunteers to organize in Kansas to prevent Biden’s involvement from turning the issue into a wider national controversy that would upset voters in that staunchly Republican state.
Unsurprisingly, voters in Kansas outright rejected the measure: About 60% voted to keep abortion protections. Turnout in primary elections far exceeds that of other electoral competitions in recent yearsAnd now Democrats are hopeful that the issue will attract voters even in the midterm election in November.
On Sunday afternoon, finally, and several hours after Biden arrived at his Rehoboth Beach home, the Senate passed a health and climate change package bill long desired by Democrats.
In a sense, the foundation for that achievement was laid several months earlier. In January, when Biden held a news conference to mark his first year in office, his response to a reporter’s question was a clear acknowledgment that he had made mistakes and determined to take a different approach to the government. Were.
“People don’t want me to be a ‘president senator.’ They want me to be a president and a senator a senator.”Biden said. “If I’ve made a mistake, it’s because I’m used to negotiating to make things happen, and it can be said that in the past I’ve been quite successful in the Senate, and also as vice president. But I The president seems to have a different role.”
Yasmin Abutaleb and Tyler Pagere
Jaime Arrambide. translation by