“This is a real opportunity to redefine what our economic profile will look like – with an aspect of the building part and the benevolent part – and could really be a definition for our party for the next 50 years,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster and advisor to Biden’s 2020 campaign.
Spurred on by the pandemic, Lake said, belief in government as a solution “is here to go on for a while, and I think at least until 2022. But the other question for progressives and Democrats is to know how we solidify this as an ongoing vision of what the role of government is rather than [intervening] during a seizure. “
Bidenworld’s bet that voters, especially those who have drifted into the party over the past four years, will reward government intervention is diametrically at odds with the strategies adopted by previous Democratic presidents early in their administration. But Biden advisers insist Americans are in no mood to reward politicians for blocking actions that, among other things, help the millions of women who have been kicked out of the workplace as schools close. their doors to in-person learning.
And for Biden, whose first major legislative push was a $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief package, the assumption is that his party and the majority of the country will rally to a plan that both fuels the economy. and restructures it for working families. The second piece of Biden’s infrastructure package will likely invest more in child care, extend the new expanded child tax credit, and make community college tuition free. The administration is also expected to include universal preschool education provisions and expand the Affordable Care Act grants in its upcoming yet unveiled legislative push.
“Since Reagan, the concept of ‘cut back on government’ has been quite popular with some people,” said Representative Susan Wild (D-Pa.), A pivotal Member of State who has focused heavily on issues of government. care. “And yet the truth is that what we’ve found with a global health emergency is that you really need government for some things, and that a lot can be accomplished – not just on the health side, but also a piece of recovery. “
“I think it broadened the way people think about government and what the role of government should be,” Wild added.
Republicans are not ready to admit that the era of big government has resurfaced. The party is already trying to target the cost of Biden’s plans while arguing that huge portions of the new administration’s proposals fall outside of traditional infrastructure.
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Chairman of the Republican National Congressional Committee, said this week that Democrats were trying to fund a “radical left socialist program.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell widely dismissed the infrastructure bill as “yet another round of massive spending with huge tax hikes.”
And former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sneered at the huge federal spending on child and senior care. “Now the ‘care economy’ is infrastructure,” he told ABC “This Week”. “The economy of care. I don’t even know what the care economy is. “
White House officials and their Democratic allies in Congress push back, seeking to frame a debate they say will play a major role mid-term, and which could complicate Republican efforts to bring traditionally GOP voters back into the fold in 2024.
“Whether they want to fight over whether these essential elements of the ability of families to put food on the table and do their jobs is infrastructure or not, it is a fight that we welcome,” said Kate. Bedingfield, White House communications manager. director.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo) said Biden will have to “hold the line” on spending given the many desires within his party. But he acknowledged that the plan’s tax hikes, which were included as payment provisions for the initial coin, pose a risk.
“The only part that’s dangerous is that if Republicans get ahead of Democrats in the message, they can portray this as a tax hike,” Cleaver said, suggesting Democrats must be prepared to retort that taxes in the package d infrastructure does not apply to the majority of Americans.