President Joe Biden’s agenda is fraught with massive spending that would saddle the country with debt. Now he’s willing to roll back some of it to convince moderate lawmakers to support it — but will it be enough?
Biden has agreed to truncate some of his plans to reduce the price tag and make his proposed legislation more palatable for moderates, the Associated Press reported. He’s agreed to sunset some of the social and environmental programs contained in $3.5 trillion landmark legislation to get the support to pass it.
“I’m of the view that it’s important to establish the principle on a whole range of issues without guaranteeing to get the whole 10 years,” Biden told reporters Friday. “It matters to establish it,” he said.
“So what happens is, you pass the principle and you build on it,” Biden explained. “You look back and either it works or it doesn’t work.”
This sentiment is a slight divergence from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who favors endless government programs. “Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from members is to do fewer things well,” she had said Monday in a missive to fellow Democratic lawmakers.
However, despite assurances from Biden that he would shorten the duration of some programs, it seems the Democratic spirit of eternal goodies for all hasn’t changed. He promised they are “going to come back and get the rest,” an assurance that hints that the behemoth legislation may just be the beginning.
“We’re not going to get $3.5 trillion. We’ll get less than that, but we’re gonna get it,” Biden admitted. “And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said in Connecticut during remarks made at a daycare.
Biden seems to be making some concessions, but in the end, Democrats will always choose to keep government programs that make for lifelong voters. However, it may still be a good sign that Democrats aren’t rubberstamping his agenda as the 2022 midterm elections loom on the horizon.