Democratic leaders and party officials are blaming one another for the failure of the Build Back Better legislation, which was endorsed by President Biden’s administration and was supported by the left.
Democrats voiced discontent and ambiguity about the vocabulary used by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the White House, particularly Chief of Staff Ron Klain, in a Los Angeles Times story.
An unnamed senator questioned if Schumer and the administration were ultimately to blame for the budget bill’s defeat.
“So Manchin walked away from Build Back Better because the White House was placing too much focus on him, and your solution is to lean in even more on voting rights so that he, once again, is regarded as the problem?” an unidentified Democratic senator told the Los Angeles Times.
Senator Joe Manchin as well as Krysten Sinema revealed to be standing roadblocks in their party after failing to support filibuster reform in position to move voting rights legislation and the president’s social spending package Build Back Better, drawing harsh criticism from inside the party.
Senatorial criticism of Schumer and Biden’s plan is not a new development. Several Democrats spoke out against the Democratic political veteran and his White House colleagues off the record.
Politico reported last month that Democratic employees on Capitol Hill were extremely frustrated with Schumer and his perceived pandering to the party’s radical wings.
“As a result, I question every political figure in America: How do you want to be remembered?” Biden made the request before of a vote on a signature measure that would have repealed hundreds of voting restrictions and election integrity standards.
“They give a choice at critical junctures in history: Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on John Lewis’ or Bull Connor’s side? Do you want to be on Abraham Lincoln’s or Jefferson Davis’ side?” Biden inquired.
The president’s analogy of his political opponents to segregationists was not well received by the people. The bill was eventually defeated. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, launched a new attack on Sinema, a moderate Arizona Democrat, telling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to make her life “as unpleasant as possible.”
The remark occurred after Sinema furiously challenged Schumer, D-N.Y., to accelerate the process of completing a floor vote in the upper chamber, which has been known to linger on for hours.