Mr. Jeffries and another liberal Democrat, New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, have already drawn up a statement that they hope will be signed by moderates in order to placate liberals who fear that the centrists might undermine their social policy bill.
By 10 p.m., the effort had really ramped up. Representative Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Kathleen Rice of New York, and Kurt Schrader of Oregon huddled around a table to finalise the bill’s content, and Mr. Gottheimer took his laptop with him.
By phone, Mr. Biden conveyed to Mr. Gottheimer the language that liberals deemed necessary and set Nov. 15 as the date for the social welfare bill to be brought before the full House for consideration.
It was predicted that Democrats would need to quickly pivot and shift their focus to securing public support for their bill, or risk losing any momentum in the cacophony of internal disagreements and Republican attacks on the measure.
David Axelrod, President Obama’s main political advisor, remarked, “basically the sausage making and sum have taken over the contents.” It’s time for them to break this down into its component parts, claim them as their own, and gloat about it. When people begin to see and feel them, they must accept responsibility for this.
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration was ready to send top officials to push Vice President Biden’s agenda when the legislation package has been passed.
According to Ms. Jean-Pierre, “we have to go out there and talk about these bills.” Our message about what we’ve done and how we’ve delivered for the American people will be out there, so we’ll do a blitz to get it out there.
There was “a nonpartisan nature to the vote,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg remarked. Because both Republicans and Democrats voted in favour of the bill, “and I know our party is famously a wide-open one,”