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Democrats scale back ambitions after back-to-back failures

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Democrats scale back ambitions after back-to-back failures

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Nonetheless, the party’s more modest approach was on display Thursday afternoon as the Senate returned home for a break after the senses. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) joined Republicans in blocking a rules change that could have allowed election legislation to pass by a simple majority. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has organized votes for next month on a wide swath of candidates, which Democrats can easily confirm without GOP support.

Schumer has vowed that Biden’s spending bill will come to the Senate at some point and his wafer-thin majority will work on it until it passes with Manchin’s approval. The problem is that Democrats are starting from square one with Manchin, who said his previous negotiations with Biden now suck.

“What rebuilds better? I mean, at this point Sen. Manchin needs to sit down and get some clarification on what got 50 votes,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who is close to Biden. Asked about Sanders’ idea to change his strategy, Coons replied, “Good for him.”

Democrats have not coalesced around a specific list of goals for the future, and Schumer has not indicated what legislation he will pursue next. But despite his pursuit of partisan priorities, last year he was able to hammer out deals with Republicans on infrastructure, competitiveness legislation and a hate crimes bill last year — and he’s still talking about find a compromise where he can.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who is on Schumer’s leadership team, said “there will be a lot of talk about where people want to go.”

But as the Feb. 18 government funding deadline approaches, several senators have said Democrats will focus on appropriations and securing a broad spending deal that could include disaster relief and of pandemic. Congress has been operating on interim funding fixes since Oct. 1, and both upper house appropriations chiefs are retiring.

Democrats scale back ambitions after back-to-back failures

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