Biden's big Manchin deal gamble not without political risks

Biden's big Manchin deal gamble not without political risks


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) energy and healthcare spending deal is a big gamble for President Joe Biden and Democrats 100-odd days from November’s midterm elections.

The deal could produce a political windfall. But with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema‘s (D-AZ) position regarding the latest iteration of a Democrats-only reconciliation bill unknown and Republican criticism of it amid record inflation, the policy gamble is imbued with political risk.

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There is an inherent risk with the Schumer-Manchin deal given the “Democrats in disarray” caricature, but Biden and his colleagues “desperately” need to notch accomplishments before the midterm cycle, according to former party strategist Sandy Maisel.

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