“Look at the millennials in my area who can’t afford a home, who can’t afford to pay off their student loans, who can’t even dream of living the life their parents did,” said spokesman John B. Larson from Connecticut, a veteran Democrat, said. “You can’t tell people that they are doing better than they are.”
As society has changed, so has the Democratic Party. Representative Jamaal Bowman’s New York City neighborhood stretches from the affluent suburb of Scarsdale to the more rugged streets of Mount Vernon, and has been represented for 32 years by white establishment Democrat Eliot L. Engel.
Mr Bowman, the progressive black man who defeated Mr Engel in the Democratic primaries last year, said his constituencies recognize inequality in wealth and stagnation in income among them – in part because he won’t let them deny it.
“If they tried to look the other way, they really couldn’t do it,” Mr. Bowman said. “And they know that whether it’s government or the private sector, or both, we need to do more to eliminate inequality.”
Republicans continue to gamble that voters will fixate on the spectacle of a Democratic president trying to rally a divided majority around his agenda for months. They argue that the chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation and volatile economic growth have only heightened the feeling that the country is going with the flow, and they say they are not going to allow Democrats to use the social safety net bill to deflect those fears. …
“We have a supply chain crisis that continues to rage, exacerbating skyrocketing prices and commodity shortages facing our citizens,” House Republican leader Mr McCarthy said Thursday. “And ask yourself: what has this chamber done, especially this week, to ease any of these pressures on our fellow citizens, the people we have been sent here to represent? The answer is absolutely nothing. “
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Passing the bill, Republicans say, would only fuel inflation, force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, and trigger “stagflation,” a combination of stagnant economic growth and price increases that doomed Jimmy Carter’s presidency.