He also said he expected the bill, despite likely scrutiny by lawmakers like Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, would not shrink due to months of preparation by the White House to understand “where the consensus lies.” “.
The Senate is evenly divided, so all 50 Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris must support the law in order for it to overcome staunch opposition from all Republicans.
The final passage of the Build Back Better legislation would likely help Biden’s low poll ratings, Deese said, which he believes can only be fixed through “concrete action” such as passing laws that directly affect the quality of life of voters would improve.
“I think the Americans understand that we have made progress,” he said, “but there is still a lot to be done.”
Voters might be frustrated with the delays right now, Deese said, but they will wear off when they see the impact of the new infrastructure bill, among other things.
“We just signed an infrastructure bill,” said Deese. “This is a law that people will see the effects of, and when they see us delivering to places that are directly relevant to their lives, I think they will understand what we are doing here.”
Still, he added, “We understand that the responsibility here lies in the fulfillment, and so we focus on getting these bills done and getting them implemented in accordance with their purpose.”