Biden Honeymoon With Liberals Fades as Priorities Are Downplayed

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Joe Biden’s honeymoon with the most liberal wing of his party risks an abrupt and politically damaging end, with rising anxiety among progressives that the president won’t fulfill their aspirations for climate policy or expansions of voting rights and spending on social programs.

As Biden tries to hold together a $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure deal, progressive lawmakers and the leaders of several major liberal interest groups are publicly calling out his White House for what they regard as insufficient efforts to pursue a more liberal agenda.

The bipartisan agreement Biden cut with a group of moderate senators doesn’t include many progressive priorities, in particular aggressive policies to curb climate change. The White House has meanwhile failed to persuade Congress to pass voting rights legislation that would counter new laws in Republican-controlled states that limit ballot access.

Biden hasn’t joined liberals in calling for the Senate to make filibusters more difficult. His proposed immigration overhaul never got off the ground. New limits on police powers failed to pass Congress by the anniversary of George Floyd’s death — a deadline Biden set — and now look stalled.

The political consequences could be severe for Biden and his party. Democrats hold just a nine-seat majority in the House and control the Senate only by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 chamber. They’ll need enthusiasm among Democratic voters — including progressives — about Biden and his policies to get out the vote for midterm elections that incumbent presidents typically lose.

“I don’t know how voters will come out and vote for you in 2022 and 2024 if you don’t deliver on anything you promised. What President Biden and the Democrats do now is determinative,” said Tré Easton, senior adviser to the Battle Born Collective, a group of Capitol Hill alums devoted to steering progressive policies through Congress.

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