Will President Biden be able to push forward his agenda with narrow Democratic majority?

Biden will try to move his own agenda forward, which includes a massive infrastructure proposal. He wants to spend $50 billion this year alone on bridge and highway repairs.

News 12 Staff

Jan 21, 2021, 11:20 PM

Updated 1,189 days ago

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President Joe Biden is focusing on implementing an aggressive agenda during his first 100 days in office, but with a narrowly Democratic Congress, how likely is it that his ideas will pass?
Biden entered the White House with a pandemic, a decimated economy, racial strife and political divisions that led to violence in Washington, D.C.
In addition to addressing all of that, Biden will try to move his own agenda forward, which includes a massive infrastructure proposal. He wants to spend $50 billion this year alone on bridge and highway repairs.
"This is going to be a really big effort to try and do something bipartisan," says Rep. Tom Suozzi (D- Glen Cove). "It'll have a big impact on the economy because it'll put people back to work as well as improving our infrastructure."
Presidential historian Ken Grossman says two things are in Biden's favor -- Democratic control in the House and Senate, as well as a Republican Party torn between Trump loyalists and those trying to distance themselves from the 45th president.
"The Republican Party is not only challenged in terms of the election, but they're challenged in terms of where they're going and how they're sorting out this internal issue," says Grossman. "I think that gives Biden some time to put forth an agenda that if not embraced, will be listened to."
But Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) says how much cooperation his party will show the new president depends on whether their priorities are addressed or ignored.
"If the goal is that Democrats are just going to talk to themselves and come up with a final package that's just going to jam up the other party, you can vote anyway you want but you have no say in crafting it, you're going to get hardly any -- and possibly no -- Republican support," says Zeldin.
Republicans say another factor in how much they'll cooperate with the Biden administration is whether Democrats pursue a conviction in the former president's impeachment.


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