Senate Health and Human Services

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

New presidents have only so long to get big legislative initiatives done. It’s already June, and the clock is ticking for President Joe Biden. Big bills take a long time. Congress will spend much of the summer on recess. They’ll be at work in the fall, but by the end of the year, Democratic and Republican lawmakers will be obsessed with winning reelection in 2022.

But Biden has an even bigger problem than the calendar. In the last election, Democrats failed to win a majority in the Senate, and the body is now tied 50-50. If Republicans are united in opposition, Senate Democrats can pass bills only if they keep all 50 of their senators in line and then rely on Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties. It’s a difficult process that makes it extremely hard to pass controversial bills.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. Contact him at byork@washingtonexaminer.com.

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PJBM626

Manchin has been ruthlessly attacked by the far left intolerance dem party Mrs Green who is a dem talking head use to be on Fox and worked for corrupt Hillary, made racial slurs against him

natives5

Your hypocrisy is amazing and funny. Liz Cheney...chew on that.

Bulldog

Democrats always want to pull that worn out tattered race card. There are now 2 Democrats i respect. Still wouldn't vote for them unless there were running against a Bush or Romney

natives5

Spoken like a closed minded white man.

Bulldog

Race card💤

PJBM626

But no one attacked her race like Mrs Green did Manchin .You know who manes Green is.

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