He also said he expected the bill would not shrink despite likely scrutiny by lawmakers like the Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona because of the months of groundwork the White House has done to understand “where the consensus lies.”
The Senate is evenly distributed, so all 50 Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris must back the legislation so that it can go over the strong opposition of all Republicans.
The final passage of the Build Back Better legislation is likely to help Biden’s low approval ratings in the polls, said Deese, who he acknowledged can only be remedied by “concrete action” such as passing legislation that would directly improve voters’ quality of life.
“I think the American people understand that we have made progress,” he said, “but there is a lot of work to be done.”
Voters may be frustrated by the delay in getting started now, Deese said, but they will ease up when they see the effects of the new infrastructure law, among other things.
“We have just signed an infrastructure bill,” Deese said. “It’s a bill that people will start to see the impact of, and when they see us delivering in places that are directly relevant to their lives, then I think they will understand what we’re doing here.”
Still, he added: “We understand that the burden here is on delivering, and that is why we are focused on getting these bills implemented and implementing them in line with their purpose.”
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