Biden and Democrats leave Republicans behind for Covid relief

Eager to act, Biden and Democrats leave Republicans behind
File photo of President Joe Biden. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: President Biden and his fellow party colleagues in Congress are jamming their agenda forward with a sense of urgency, an unapologetically partisan approach based on the calculation that it is better to advance the giant coronavirus rescue package and other priorities than waste time courting Republicans who may never compromise.

The Covid pandemic is driving the crush of legislative action, but so are the still-raw emotions from the US Capitol siege and the hard lessons of the last time Democrats had the sweep of party control of Washington.

Republicans are mounting blockades of President Joe Biden’s agenda just as they did during the devastating 2009 financial crisis with Barack Obama.

Democrats, in turn, are showing little patience for the objections from Republicans and entertaining few overtures toward compromise, claiming the majority of the US supports their agenda.

With fragile majorities in the Senate and the House, and a liberal base of voters demanding action, Democrats are operating as if they are on borrowed time.

For many lawmakers, it is personal.

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., led the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to House passage on Wednesday on the 30th anniversary of the Rodney King beating by police in Los Angeles that she thought at the time would spur policing reforms.

Instead, more Black Americans and others have died in police violence, even after George Floyd’s death at the hands of law enforcement last summer.

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