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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Biden Agenda In The Balance

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22.09.2021

WaPo:

Standoff between liberal and moderate Democrats looms over Biden economic agenda ahead of key House vote

Razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate give Democrats little wiggle room as they try and assemble budget plan

The conflicting demands left Democratic leaders in a bind, staring down the sort of internal political stalemate they had labored for months to avoid given their narrow majorities in the House and Senate. Democrats simply cannot afford to lose votes as they pursue trillions of dollars in long-promised reforms.

a very long day -- in what is sure to be a series of very long days -- is soon going to end as the House begins the first of two votes toward passage of a CR/debt limit that will die later in the Senate

WaPo:

U.S. careens toward shutdown, financial crisis amid congressional stalemate

Democrats and Republicans are far apart ahead of key deadlines that could unleash economic havoc

The high-stakes feud stems from a fight to raise the U.S. government’s borrowing limit, known as the debt ceiling. Democrats have tied the increase to a bill that funds federal operations into December, setting off a war with Republicans, who refuse to raise the cap out of opposition to President Biden’s broader agenda — even if it means grinding the country to a halt.

No recent fight in the halls of Congress has quite carried the same stakes as this one, coming at a time when Washington continues to grapple with rising coronavirus infections and the deadly consequences of a fast-warming planet. Biden himself has warned “catastrophic” effects of inaction with key deadlines looming.

It's rare for families to call out those who misled their loved ones, possibly fearing blowback.

One group is paying a steep price for disinformation, has deep pockets, and doesn't mind making people mad: health insurers.

We need health insurers to go after the disinformants. https://t.co/QeEcw7KInr

Rajeev Venkayya was George W Bush’s pandemic flu czar, with a good deal of experience in governmental… uhm... persuasion.

Lindsey McPherson/Roll Call:

Moderate Democrats not monolithic about their budget concerns

Not all progressives support derailing the infrastructure bill for leverage on the reconciliation measure.

“I’d like to pass them both. But if it looks like we can only pass one, I’m not gonna play games and........

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