Can House Dems Navigate Omnibus Around Giant Potholes of Discord?

Can House Dems Navigate Omnibus Around Giant Potholes of Discord?

( – On Wednesday, March 9, it was more of the same for congressional Democrats trying to sail the waters of a divided government and a divided party. In 2021, Democrats moved far-left and abandoned any semblance of bipartisanship as they attempted to rail the Build Back Better plan through Congress on a party-line vote. The only problem was moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) couldn’t get on board with the left’s agenda and killed it. On Wednesday night, Democrats scrapped COVID-19 relief from the omnibus budget deal over internal disagreements on COVID-19 funding.

The decision set up a challenge for Democrats on Thursday as they headed to Philadelphia for a three-day-long campaign strategy session. As Democrats unwind in the City of Brotherly Love, they’re bound to find more challenges while trying to create a unifying message, especially in the face of a potential backlash by voters heading into November’s midterm elections. Will they find the unity they’ve been unable to discover over the last year?

With Democrats struggling in Washington to get out of town due to their infighting over the omnibus bill, one said the retreat was cursed. Still, the next two days, Democrats will sit with officials from the Biden administration to sketch out a campaign strategy on everything from immigration reform to inflation. With a Russian war against Ukraine aiding America’s challenges, the Democrats have a lot of work ahead of them.

Will the bumps in the road turn into massive potholes of discord that derail Democrats?

Stay tuned. There’s a long way to go from March until November.

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