The government avoided a shutdown last week, but questions still remain about how much of President Biden’s agenda Congress will pass. The Democrats delayed a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill after the progressives said they would not vote in favor of it unless a separate social programs bill was agreed. The latter law, however, is still in flux: Senator Joe Manchin proposed a price that $ 2 trillion less than other Democrats originally proposed.
On this episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew seeks to find out what drives Democrats’ decisions and who has to compromise to get both bills through. You also address a listener question that suggests that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to achieve their political goals. They talk about it, if that’s true, why often partisans feel that the opposing party wins more, and how to measure victory in politics. Finally, they preview next month’s Virginia gubernatorial election to discuss whether they will tell us anything about the 2022 midterm elections.
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