Ask any of them and they will tell you that the skies are falling for the Biden administration. With the pathway to Build Back Better now blocked due to Senator Joe Manchin’s decision to vote no, and the Voting Rights Act stalled in the U.S. Senate, President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has been brought to a halt just months before the 2022 midterm election.
For President Biden, these challenges have been exacerbated by the headwinds of COVID-19 and what they have laid bare—inflation, slowdowns in the global supply chain and COVID-19 virus mutations.
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The truth is that you can’t let the sky fall without facing all of these problems. The reality is that President Biden and his colleagues must change America’s status, as well as the negative perception that voters have about their administration.
We should highlight the accomplishments of Biden during his first full year as president, before getting into more detail about his challenges. Biden, along with his team, have reduced the nation’s childhood poverty rate by 50% since signing the Biden Bible to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They also signed an infrastructure bill into law that will improve roads and bridges, eliminate lead from old water pipes, and increase broadband access in rural and urban America. They also announced the appointment by the U.S. Senate of more Black, brown, and diversity judges to their federal bench.
These accomplishments were drowned out, much to the dismay of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and by the serious challenges that we face as well as the gridlock in Congress which stopped Senate legislation from moving forward.
Biden’s presidency began in January and has devoted his attention to finding solutions for the nation’s most urgent problems. Lösungen that are popular with voters will require legislative action by an upper chamber, which seems more interested than actual work.
Americans have sought ways for prescription drugs to be more accessible for seniors and other vulnerable citizens for many years. The demand for prescription drugs has led to the creation of coupons programs such as GoodRX. However, the right solution is at the hands of Washington’s lawmakers.
In the same period working families and those in middle class raised their voices to demand affordable care for children and eldercare. Many families are responsible for keeping this country running. Getting sick is an offense. On average, early childcare costs $16,000 per year. These families are also looking for solutions from Washington, D.C.
The Build Back Better plan offers solutions to many common problems faced by Americans, but it failed to receive a Republican vote and even unanimous support from the Senate Democrats.
This is a huge opportunity for Biden’s administration. The Congress is unlikely to approve the Build Back Better plan, Voting rights Act and other components of the Biden legislative agenda. President Biden and Majority leader Chuck Schumer should call the vote.
This is the way it would work. Instead of passing the entire package at once, Democratic leaders must split the larger bill into smaller pieces of legislation and force Republicans to vote them down on the floor—in front of the American people.
While they continue to block solutions, GOP legislators tell Americans that they support lower prescription drug costs, paid family leave, and less burden on American children and seniors. Schumer and his fellow caucus could give the American people a chance to view the Republican gridlock from up close by calling the vote.
This would allow the congressional Democrats to continue to address the most pressing issues in America’s minds while also limiting the pain of losing a Build back Better plan to the Senate.
For some, it might not seem to be a good idea. This is not the case. Senator Manchin, Senator Krysten Silena and other Democrats aren’t willing to modify the Filibuster rule. They also don’t want to give the plan reconciliation the 50 votes required.
Democrats have to do something. They should instead be focusing their attention on calling for the vote and using administrative and executive actions to get the job done.
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Ivanka Trump was the advocate for more affordable childcare and paid family leave during the Trump presidency. Although her methods weren’t ideal, they shared the same goals: to make the lives of working families and the middle class a bit easier. These issues are worthy of Ivanka Trump’s support. Every voter should question the Republican position on working class families and the rise of COVID-19.
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Even though the answer may seem obvious, Biden’s and legislative Democrats can record their votes to give them a little runway to argue their case to voters made up of young, black, and working class Americans who are confused by this pandemic.
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