“People are fed up with it,” said Florida Senator Rick Scott, who heads the Senate Republican campaign arm leading to the 2022 election.
These attacks do not seem to have the same impact as they did during Mr Obama’s tenure, when the White House proposed a much smaller stimulus package than many economists believed was warranted given the huge erosion of household wealth following the financial crisis. Mr Obama has raised taxes on high wage earners, partly to fund the Affordable Care Act, but not to the extent that Mr Biden is proposing.
Mr. Biden could thank Mr. Trump for part of this postponement. The pandemic relief bills he signed last year with the support of both parties in Congress may have helped reset public views on Washington’s spending limits. “Trillions” was sort of a red line under Mr. Obama, but nothing more.
Mr Trump also urged Congress to approve direct controls, an effort Mr Biden continued, and launched the Operation Warp Speed vaccination program, which helped accelerate the deployment of the most important driver of economic activity that year: vaccinated Americans. As the economy reopens and people return to work, economic optimism rises, although Republicans across the country continue to be more pessimistic and more likely to oppose Mr Biden’s plans.
In Washington, the president doesn’t need Republican support to push his agenda through. He only needs his party to stick together in the House of Representatives and Senate, where the Democrats enjoy a low-margin majority and move as much spending and taxation as possible through what is known as the budget balancing process. The maneuver bypasses the Senate filibusters and enables laws such as this year’s auxiliary law by Mr Biden to be passed only with a majority of votes.
This process will give great influence to moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, but so far this group has not declined in the order of Mr. Biden’s ambitions. Mr. Manchin has announced that he will support $ 4 trillion in infrastructure spending.
It is unclear whether Mr Biden will be able to keep Mr Manchin and others on with his people-centered expenses like the education and childcare efforts unveiled on Wednesday. His administration tries to argue for productivity reasons, viewing the plan as an investment in an inclusive economy that would help millions of Americans gain the skills and work flexibility they need to build a middle-class lifestyle.