Politics Budowsky: Reconciliation begins progressive Democratic renaissance across US
Budowsky: President Biden must oppose filibusters to defend democracy
Biden has an extraordinary opportunity to unite Democrats, a majority of political independents and even some principled Republicans by opposing filibusters and defending democracy. If he leads, an army of good and decent people will march behind him. Champions of democracy around the world will applaud him.Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives.
President Biden deserves applause for proposing a Build Back Better program that was a landmark of progressive legislation, along with Democratic leaders in Congress and leading progressives including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and many others who battle to enact them.
My view is that since the cost of the original proposal must unfortunately be scaled back to some degree, it would be economically and politically wise to limit the duration of the program from 10 years to five years. This would lower the cost, maintain the most critical and highly popular progressive initiatives, and position Democrats to campaign to continue them, against Republicans who campaign to end them, in the 2022 midterm and the 2024 presidential elections.
Bernie Sanders, Pramila Jayapal Insist There's No Divide Between Progressives, Moderates
"When you've got 48 people who want to do something and two who don't," then "it is not a 50-50 compromise," the Vermont senator said.Senators Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, have emerged as the primary opponents to Biden's "human infrastructure" reconciliation bill. While a few other moderates have expressed concerns with the high price tag—initially $3.5 trillion—and specific provisions within the legislation, most Democratic lawmakers have backed the bill to accomplish the bulk of the president's agenda.
It is important for progressives, moderates, Democrats and commentators to understand why this process could well create a great progressive renaissance in American politics.
On virtually every major issue in the reconciliation proposal, and I would add voting rights proposals as well, this world can be divided into two categories.
Category one includes the dramatic, progressive and highly popular proposals that will be included in final legislation and enacted into law.
Category two includes the dramatic, progressive and highly popular proposals that will not be enacted this year, and will form the basis for Democrats across America, including progressives and moderates, to campaign ferociously for in the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election -with great political success!!
Weary Dems not keen on another party-line spending bill before the midterms
Trying to push another big spending package before the next election is tempting. But most know it would be a heavy lift.But even as Democrats struggle to unify on their second party-line push — a social spending blueprint that tackles everything from climate change to paid leave — some of them still want to take a third bite. For those Democrats, the chance to squeeze Republicans on popular issues like health care ahead of the midterms is too good to pass up, despite the laborious budget maneuver they'd have to employ yet again.
Democrats today, and through the coming elections, should be far more forceful and specific detailing what these highly popular programs are, and how they help hundreds of millions of voters, one by one, day after day.
The final legislation should include maximum support for child care and the child care tax credit that help moms, dads and kids in red, blue and purple states across America.
To the degree it does, which in large measure it will, Democrats will reap huge public support everywhere. To the degree it does not go the distance, progressive and moderate Democrats will fight like hell, and reap a great advantage in the midterm elections, by championing this all-out.
These plans reduce poverty dramatically, provide profound support to women who need and deserve this support, to their families, and to the national economy by enabling these women to work.
Do not underestimate the enormous and increasing political power of women across America, in red and blue and purple states, who would back Democrats who champion their great cause of better child care for every mom, dad, son and daughter everywhere in America.
What Democrats are still fighting over in the budget bill
Climate provisions and Medicare expansion are just a couple of the issues in the big debate.“I do think I’ll get a deal,” President Joe Biden said Thursday. “We’re down to four or five issues. ... I think we can get there.
The final legislation should include strong provisions to allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices and create some cap on the ultimate cost of these drugs to those who need them.
This should be included in the final legislation. If it is, legislators who support it will reap tremendous political benefits in the midterm elections from the more than 130 million Americans who use prescription drugs. If it is not, any Democrat, in any state and district, can run against any Republican, in any state and district, and win standing ovations from these Americans - including poor, middle class and seniors especially - who want, need and deserve this support.
These Democratic candidates, and the media that covers those elections, should aggressively reveal and disclose to voters the campaign contributions of Republicans who oppose this enormously important reform from special interests who reap huge profits by overcharging more than 130 million Americans for prescription drugs.
Final legislation should include the maximum support to save the earth from climate change. Much of this will be included in the bill which will win Democrats huge support from those who want the earth protected. To the degree some of it is not, Democrats can run against those who oppose it, and they and the media should expose huge campaign donations from polluters who support them.
On these and many issues, the stage is set for a progressive renaissance in America.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives.
Biden keeps the progressive angst at bay .
The potential flashpoints have come more frequently in recent weeks. But, so far, the White House has kept the peace.It was a remarkable 180. For days, Biden aides had claimed that it was powerless to act, citing the likelihood that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be rebuked by the courts.