Democrats have plans to spend a large amount of taxpayer money in preparation for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
While adverse momentum is diminishing Dems’ hopes of keeping control of the House and Senate in Nov., they are planning to spend a large amount of cash to galvanize voters in competitive districts and swing states.
Rumors have been swirling since early Jan. that another Covid stimulus package might be coaxed into a legislative proposal, but Tuesday’s report has shown the spending might be in the form of passing the Biden Administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda in smaller parts to avoid the 50/50 split in the Senate.
Sen. Joe Manchin tanked Pres. Biden’s agenda over fears of record high inflation that hasn’t been seen in 40 years.
Embattled Dem House members told the Post they were skeptical of the tactic but still need the federal government to spend more money in their districts.
“What I do not want to do is have the Dem caucus just beat their heads against the wall for months on end. We should have a timeline,” said Representative Susan Wild (D-PA), who fears she might lose her seat. “If there is still hope for Sen. Manchin get onboard, we need to find out when that is going to be and what we are doing if he does not meet that deadline because in the past, he has not. What is our next plan?”
Rep. Cindy Axne, who is also from a swing district, described the major spending strategy as a good one for her electoral hopes.
“These are not folks who sit in a bunch of corporate suites a lot of the time,” she said of her constituents. “These are hard-working Americans that need a little break so they will be able to give their family a chance and a step up, and I hope that is the message Senator Manchin hears.”
President Biden passed his first stimulus package last March worth $1.9 trillion with big unemployment benefits. The passage of the package has fueled inflation, supply chain woes and unemployment.
Voters are noticing the poor economy. On Monday, a Gallup poll revealed the voters are identifying with the GOP over the Dem Party by 14 points
The Dems have consistently had a five-point lead over the GOP for 25 years.