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Reconciliation, infrastructure and the social safety net

Even with the option of passing sweeping legislation through budget reconciliation, infighting in the Democratic Party between progressives and moderates is threatening the passage of the budget resolution and the infrastructure bill.
Even with the option of passing sweeping legislation through budget reconciliation, infighting in the Democratic Party between progressives and moderates is threatening the passage of the budget resolution and the infrastructure bill. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden made clear from his first day in office that social justice issues are at the top of his economic agenda. A “human” infrastructure bill remains on Congress’ to-do list, which includes subsidies for child care, education, paid leave, health care and clean energy programs — in other words, a social safety net.

But to get this partisan, largely unwritten measure passed, Democrats have embraced the budget reconciliation process. Mary C. Curtis speaks first to Norman Ornstein, emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, to unpack the reconciliation process. To discuss the friction within the Democratic Party on this measure and more, Curtis turns to DNC Chair Jaime Harrison on what’s at stake.

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