Joe Biden is struggling to keep his presidency above water.
Biden’s created crises on the domestic and foreign fronts and now his legislative agenda stalled in Congress.
And this key Democrat met with Joe Biden in private and delivered a devastating threat.
Democrats are scrambling to cobble together the votes in the House and Senate for Biden’s $3.5 trillion socialist Green New Deal and welfare state spending bill.
Swing-seat Democrats and radical leftists are at each other’s throats over the price tag and scope of the bill.
Since Chuck Schumer needs all 50 Democrats to back the bill to ram it through the reconciliation process, any one senator can hold up the bill.
A source close to the Biden White House complained that Manchin and Sinema want to scale down the socialist spending package so dramatically that it would die in the House of Representatives due to opposition from leftists that think killing the bill is better than accepting a “compromise” socialist bill.
“Manchin and Sinema want very different things, both in terms of revenue and programs,” a source close to the White House complained to POLITICO. “If you just took their currently presented red lines you wouldn’t have enough left to get this past progressives in the House and Senate. It wouldn’t raise enough money and it wouldn’t do enough big programs.”
For her part, Senator Sinema expressed frustration with the White House.
A fellow Democrat senator told POLITICO that Sinema communicated to the White House her demands and red lines and there was no lack of dialogue just that the Biden administration did not like the answers Sinema gave them.
“I’m not going to share with you or with Schumer or with Pelosi,” a Democrat senator recounted. “I have already told the White House what I am willing to do and what I’m not willing to do. I’m not mysterious. It’s not that I can’t make up my mind. I communicated it to them in detail. They just don’t like what they’re hearing.”
Sinema created another headache for Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders – who is drafting the socialist spending bill.
Senator Sinema opposes the government takeover of prescription drug pricing which Democrats counted on funding an expansion of socialized medicine.
“But we’re told that Democrats would be lucky if they managed to convince Sinema to support a version of drug pricing reform that raises even $200 billion. That’s not enough to fund the expansion of Medicare benefits that Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) wants or the expansion of the ACA that Speaker NANCY PELOSI wants,” POLITICO also reported.
Unless Joe Biden can lime up Senators Sinema and Manchin behind his socialist spending binge, the legislation will collapse.
And so will his presidency.
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