Analysis: Why it's getting even harder for Biden to pass his legacy-defining agenda

Analysis: Why it’s getting even harder for Biden to pass his legacy-defining agenda

Minute majorities in the House and the Senate were always going to make it tough to live up to the soaring expectations of Biden’s election win. Then the Senate Republicans’ use of the filibuster forced Democratic leaders to cram almost all of his popular goals on health care, education, climate change and expanding the social safety net into one massive bill that could pass on a majority vote. The downside: If the monster spending plan fails it could take down much of Biden’s legacy in one crushing collapse.

The current Capitol Hill showdown is often characterized as an ideological disconnect between obstinate moderates like West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin and progressives fighting alongside Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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