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Don’t Underestimate Democratic Desperation on the Spending Bills

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz) greets Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) as he arrives for a bipartisan meeting on infrastructure at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

A dynamic at play in the seemingly endless negotiations on Capitol Hill is that if Democrats fail to unite behind either of their massive spending bills, the consequences of that failure are likely to forcibly unite them later on.

Right now, the prospects look grim for Democrats. President Biden and Speaker Pelosi are “scrambling” to save the infrastructure bill, in the words of the Washington Post.  The New York Times warns, “if Mr. Biden cannot find a way to address [Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s] concerns, while also assuaging progressives and persuading them to support his infrastructure bill, he could see

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