President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, with help from Republicans, are poised to spend $3.5 trillion during decades of high inflation.
“Voting of the law to reduce inflation will make Biden one of the most legislatively successful presidents of modern times.” Politico Game writers Ryan Lizza and Eugene Daniels He wrote.
Although congressional Democrats only have a four-member majority in the House and a one-member majority in the Senate, Biden managed to pass a substantial legislative agenda. It’s also remarkable that Biden has spent so much in the first half of his term. This includes:
- The $1.9 trillion American Recovery Act, Biden’s coronavirus relief bill
- The so-called $550 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
- The $280 billion Creating Useful Incentives for Semiconductor Manufacturing (CHIPS) Act
- $700 Billion Inflation Relief Act
As Politico It notes that this spending amounts to about $3.5 trillion and addresses many leftist priorities, including “the pandemic and its economic impact, highways, bridges, broadband, railroads, manufacturing, science, prescription drug prices, health insurance, climate change, deficit reduction and equity taxes.”
That spending came as Americans continue to be buffeted by record inflation.
Biden has also expanded NATO to include Sweden and Finland and passed gun control legislation.
Although congressional Democrats bear much of the blame for passing Biden’s legislation, congressional Republicans have often given Biden the votes needed to advance the 46th president’s agenda.
For example, 13 House Republicans and 19 Senate Republicans gave Democrats the necessary votes to pass the so-called infrastructure bill.
Fourteen Senate Republicans and many House Republicans voted in favor of the CHIPS Act.
Believing that a reconciliation bill was out of the question, Senate Republicans voted to pass the CHIPS Act. That eliminates any leverage Republicans had to block the anti-inflation law.
With no obstacles left, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced their legislative framework and are now poised to push the bill through the Senate. The bill will likely be voted on next week.
This failed strategy led many Republicans to admit that they lost to the Democrats.
“They were kicking our ass. It is so simple. Looks to me like we’ve rinky-doo’d. This is a Louisiana word for “screwed.” And they kicked us. That’s the way my people back home see it,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA).
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) he said, “Yesterday’s announcement by Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer showed again that too many Senate Republicans have unfortunately trusted Democrats and been duped. Some pretend to be shocked. It’s not shocking at all.”
Republican cooperation with the Democratic agenda also extends to important domestic and foreign policy.
Fifteen Senate Republicans and 14 House Republicans voted with Democrats to pass gun control.
Only two Senate Republicans, Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Rand Paul (R-KY) opposed expanding NATO to include Finland and Sweden.
Politico compared Biden’s legislative success in the first two years of his presidency to that of the president who passed the Civil Rights Act and the Great Society welfare programs.
“There’s not much debate anymore about whether Biden was a successor president. In the long run, his first two years may be remembered as LBJ when it comes to getting his agenda to Congress. Politico He wrote.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.