Their dissension within the party is what led to the defeat of Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, but it seems we have not seen the final end of the initiative.
According to new reports, Democrats are thinking of splitting BBB into smaller bite sized bills in an effort to overcome the legal and political hurdles of the larger bill.
Tactics like this also tire out the opposing party as one now has to contend with constant battles, and one must always choose their battles wisely….
This effectively means that some victories are virtually guaranteed for Democrats, as opposition is likely to tire out in the face of so many legal nibbles—death by 1,000 cuts.
Here is what we currently know:
Dems have hatched plans to vote on smaller aspects from the BBB bill, such as a child tax credit, universal pre-k, and paid sick leave.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 21, 2022
Some of the most endangered Democrats want leaders to change course on BBB, passing smaller bills to give them some policy wins to wield in tough midterm fights.
My latest on the contingency plans members are pursuing to make sure they deliver to voters: https://t.co/xG07TzWmpm
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaReports) January 17, 2022
The Epoch Times provided more details:
During a Wednesday press conference at the White House, Biden raised the idea with reporters.
“It’s clear to me that we’re going to have to probably break it up,” Biden said. “I think that we can get—I’ve been talking to a number of my colleagues on the Hill—I think it’s clear that we would be able to get the $500-plus billion for energy and the environment issues that are there.”
Swing-district Democrats want House leadership to break up BBB into smaller bills. But climate advocates say that would be a mistake — both for Democrats and the planet. @maxinejoselow & @EllerbeckAlex capture the perspective this AM: https://t.co/TZKmA6PLaW
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaReports) January 18, 2022
A smaller package would force Democrats to make painful policy choices they have so far tried to avoid.
latest from Capitol Hill, where Dems are trying to untangle BBB, approps and early rumors of a pandemic relief package https://t.co/s7KINfVfE4
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) January 21, 2022
Washington Examiner adds:
Manchin told reporters he is renewing talks with Biden on another version of the bill, but he said the two would have to start from scratch.
Pelosi told reporters she is optimistic, even if the original bill never becomes law.
“I’m sure we can agree upon something significant,” Pelosi said.