Moderate Democrats Pose Real Challenge for the Biden Administration

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While the Democrats remain as the controlling party in the House and Senate, there’s more to this picture than meets the eye.

Of course, the liberal wishlist of the left is more than clear: higher taxes, healthcare for illegal immigrants, gun control measures, amnesty, closed schools, depleted energy jobs, etc. Democrats in Congress are working day and night to make this happen; however, the bumps in the road are ironically coming from certain members of their own party.


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Moderate Democrat congressmembers such as Sens. Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, and Kyrsten Sinema are not on board with certain proposals of the current White House administration. Newsmax confirms the extent to which this opposition creates challenges for Biden.

The Outliers of the Democrat Party

Sens. Manchin and Tester made headlines when they penned letters to President Biden, urging him against the complete shutdown of Keystone Pipeline. Moderate Democrat congressmembers could also throw a wrench into Biden’s interest in having nominee Neera Tanden serve as the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Manchin put out a statement against Tanden’s nomination, citing her social media posts that censure Republicans and Democrats. Vivek Murthy, Biden’s nominee for surgeon general, is also rumored to be possibly rejected by Manchin, due to Manchin’s 2014 opposition against Murthy.

Likewise, Sens. Manchin, Tester, and Sinema are calling for modifications to Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Each of these Democrat senators, along with Republicans and a few other moderate Democrats, believes that relief ought to be more targeted. On a similar note, Sinema and Manchin are also against Biden’s agenda to hike the minimum wage to $15.

The Democrat Party in Congress

Many Democrats in Washington proudly and openly professed that with both congressional majorities, they can pass whatever they want whether Republicans agree with it or not. However, the current position of moderate and centrist Democrats shows that the more extreme members of the party may have cheered too soon.

Democrats have a very, very slim majority in the Senate, with a similar situation in the House. Regarding the Senate, though, Democrats need all 50 senators to vote for their proposals since they’ve already decided that they don’t care about GOP votes.


If the more radical Democrats fail to win over the centrists and moderates in their party, radical Democrats will be left with no deal. The Biden administration is very much aware of this, hence why the White House has maintained contact with Sen. Joe Manchin.

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