Nancy Pelosi Tries to Defend Democrats’ Dicey Agenda

Nancy Pelosi Tries to Defend Democrats' Dicey Agenda

( – The Democratic infighting over Joe Biden’s social spending continues. Since the end of September, Democratic leaders have continually pushed back timelines after repeatedly saying the two sides were close to agreeing on a deal. On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) disagreed with CNN host Jake Tapper, who said Moderates were frustrated over missing deadlines because of Progressives.

Pelosi shot back, saying Democrats hadn’t missed a single deadline on the $3.5 trillion go-it-alone partisan bill because of Progressives. Instead, she laid the blame at the feet of Moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Pelosi said the party missed deadlines because of the two Centrist’s demands for changes in the legislation. Her point is only half correct.

In July, August and September, Manchin warned the left wing of his positions. In an evenly divided Senate, all Democrats must vote together to pass the legislation. The Left didn’t listen to or consult with Manchin or Sinema. When they stood their ground, the result was a delay.

It’s still debatable whether a deal will push through. While the Democratic leadership and Manchin say a framework is close, the devil is always in the details. On Monday, the West Virginia Senator said he wouldn’t vote for an expansion of Medicare over solvency issues. On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shot back and said the government must expand Medicare, drawing another red line in the sand.

So, where does the spending bill stand? President Biden wants a deal by Thursday. Unfortunately for the Left, it appears while the Democratic leadership says it’s getting close to an agreement, it could once again elude them.

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