As negotiations over increasing the nation’s debt limit drag on, Democrats in the House are growing concerned that President Joe Biden will produce a disastrous agreement for them.
According to Punchbowl News, which cited Democratic Representative Susan Wild of Pennsylvania as an example, moderates representing prospective swing districts are concerned that whatever Vice President Joe Biden is cooking up will backfire at the polls next year.
Unidentified Democratic aide vented that Democrats may not feel obligated to support whatever agreement Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reach.
According to NBC, Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus, stated that House Democrats need a voice in whatever Biden adheres to, implying that they are in the dark about what is taking shape.
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“I’ve been very supportive of his leadership over the last few years. Everything that we got done was done because of a partnership and trust and respect between the White House and the Democratic caucus, including the progressive base,” she said.
“So, I think he just needs to remember that because I think the backlash will be significant if somehow we were to get bullied into a bad deal,” she said.
Looking ahead to Biden’s 2024 re-election campaign, Missouri Representative Cori Bush, a Democrat, stated that Biden’s concessions on education programs are “not going to be helpful.”
The Washington Post reported that many Democrats feel excluded from the negotiations and want Biden to adopt an aggressive public stance.
“House Democrats across ideological factions are frustrated at what they say is a lack of communication by the White House at a time when they should be preparing to defend their party’s president,” the Post wrote.
The Post added that Democrats “have seethed in private” over Biden’s reticence regarding closed-door negotiations, while McCarthy uses Biden’s silence to dominate media coverage and frame the debt ceiling issue in Republican terms.
The Post article cited an unnamed Democratic lawmaker as saying that voters are “pulling their hair out at the Democrats’ lack of understanding” that Americans do not believe Democrats are capable of handling the economy effectively.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“It’s time to bring the president off the bench, or bring somebody off the bench. No one’s responding to anything. Kevin’s consistently on message,” an unnamed House Democrat told Politico. “We have the Oval Office. I’ve never seen anything like it.” CONTINUE READING…