(New York) Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden has repeatedly said that there is nothing to envy Donald Trump when it comes to the art of negotiation. Also, with his long experience in Washington, he will prove it when he invites elected Republicans to the White House.
“It simply came to our notice then. We need to find a way forward, ”he assured them. “Because there are so many things we really agree on,” he added, addressing voters in Philadelphia a few weeks before the vote.
As the first anniversary of his election approaches, Joe Biden still has a chance to demonstrate his negotiating skills. But he has to do it not with the elected Republicans, but with his own party.
He hopes to achieve this before he leaves for the 26the The United Nations Climate Change Conference is scheduled to take place on the 1stThere is Until 12 November in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ideally, as far as the White House is concerned, this should translate into a vote in Congress on the two major reforms that Joe Biden wanted by the weekend. One, already approved by the Senate, is providing $ 1.2 trillion in investments to modernize America’s dilapidated infrastructure (bridges, roads, ports, power networks, etc.).
The other pursues a dual purpose: to combat climate change and improve health, education and childhood care. That should include $ 3,500 billion in envelopes. However, due to objections from two central Democratic senators, Joe Mancin and Kirsten Cinema, the amount should be reduced to about $ 2 trillion.
If a referendum on the reform is not held, Joe Biden will want to announce at least one “deal” before flying to Glasgow. On CNN on Sunday, House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi was optimistic about this.
But what deal?
Joe Biden has shown in the past that he is not opposed to compromise. In 2009, for example, Barack Obama entrusted the task of finding the Republican support he needed in the Senate to finally approve the $ 800 billion incentive program.
After fierce negotiations, the vice president appointed three Republican senators, one more than needed. To the progressives who later criticized him for not getting much money, he had to respond, “I like the leftists saying, ‘Well, there could have been more.’ Well, go ahead! Find 60 votes!”
This time, because of a different practice, Joe Biden did not need the support of a Republican to carry out his most ambitious reform. But he cannot lose the support of just one of the 50 senators in the Democratic Party.
Hence the unparalleled power that senators can exercise manchin and cinema. The former seems to have succeeded in removing with one hand the cornerstone of Joe Biden’s strategy to combat global warming. It is a $ 150 billion project to encourage power producers to abandon fossil fuels and punish those who oppose change.
Second, for its part, it has prevented the increase in tax contributions from corporations and wealthy Americans. The uprising was not only to fulfill one of Joe Biden’s most important election promises, but also to partially fund his reform.
The full list of duties that senators must abandon in whole or in part due to the conditions of the Munch and Cinema is not yet known. But Joe Biden is already mourning two years of free community college and 12 weeks of parental leave.
However, Joe Biden refuses to attend the festival of insults, accusations and threats that progressive activists attribute to senators Mancin and cinema.
Speaking about the West Virginia senator at the Town Hall, which aired on CNN last Wednesday evening, the president said, “Joe is not a bad guy.” “He was a friend. And, in the end, he always changed his mind and voted [avec nous]. ⁇
This good attitude is part of Joe Biden’s conversational style. “We must assume that the other is not a fool,” he told journalist Evan Osnos, who was quoted in an autobiography dedicated to the president.
The latter added: “It is very important that you understand their problem with the person you are talking to.”
The spirit is thought to have dominated Sunday’s talks with Joe Manson, led by Joe Biden, and Democratic Senate President Chuck Schumer at his Delaware home.
President Kirsten also held several meetings with the cinema. “She’s as clever as the devil,” he said Wednesday night about the mysterious Arizona senator. “She is very supportive of the environmental aspect of my project.”
Then, with a hint of impatience in his voice, he added: “If she does not support him, she says she will not raise taxes even a penny for the corporate or the rich.” , Period. That too is rubbing. ”
Other sources of income are being considered to fund the reform, which will be historic if its envelope approaches $ 2000 billion.
But time is running out for Joe Biden, whose claim to special negotiation is as deceptive as Donald Trump.
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