Biden left to settle intra-party feuds: The Note
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There will be no summit for that, no Supreme Court ruling to settle things definitively – and even a brand new federal holiday won’t help.
As far as infrastructure is concerned, a bipartisan bill is moving forward, but so is a much more expensive and more partisan alternative. Suddenly, it’s the left that makes the kind of noises that could sink a chord.
On voting rights, Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., opened a window for federal action that appeared to be closed. But any potential bill will not come close to what the House-passed bill – which Biden has publicly endorsed as “urgently needed” – aimed to achieve, and there may be no. anyway no GOP adherence to the proposal.
On other fronts, including police and immigration reform, signs of progress have met more pessimistic assessments of what is possible. Biden’s voice has been largely absent from these conversations lately.
Biden’s team have been closely involved in all things Capitol Hill since the administration began. But the White House has moved away from big strategic questions, with the president’s preference to keep all options open for as long as possible.
The basic dynamic, however, has not changed: Biden may aim for more lofty goals by taking advantage of narrow Democratic majorities – risking almost total failure – or picking up a few small victories in the name of progression, while potentially enraging. important voices left.
Congress is in the midst of a flurry of laws, but one that will not last indefinitely. Much of it will be up to Biden to define what he wants to do with the declining schedule.
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In a lightning-fast passage of the law that makes June 19, or June 10, a federal holiday, all federal workers are on Friday leave in respect for the emancipation of American slaves.
The move comes at a time when many in this country would point to a host of other issues that must be addressed if June 19 is to be celebrated in earnest.
Even after protests across the country last summer and the conviction of the former cop who killed George Floyd, police reform has yet to pass.
And Republican-led state legislatures across the country have banned so-called “Critical Race Theory,” an effort to teach the lasting impact of slavery in schools.
In his remarks Thursday before signing the June 17 federal holiday, Biden emphatically acknowledged that more work needed to be done to stamp out institutional racism. He seemed optimistic that bipartisan support for Juneteenth could be replicated for other legislative priorities relating to racial equity, but it remains to be seen whether there is political will to come together.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to make his first public remarks on Friday since he told Republicans earlier this month in New Hampshire that he may never “come to terms” with the former President Donald Trump during the January 6 riots.
As one of the speakers attending the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference this weekend, Pence will join other leading Republicans in setting the tone for the party’s attempt to build momentum ahead of the mid-election. – term of office for next year – and possibly beyond.
If Pence decides to continue breaking with Trump at the Tory event, he will open the door to the idea that big Republicans can move forward with their political aspirations without being in full alignment with the former president.
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