GOP and centrist Democrats threaten Biden pivot to domestic issues

GOP and centrist Democrats threaten Biden pivot to domestic issues

As President Joe Biden faces the lowest approval ratings of his presidency so far in the aftermath of a military withdrawal from Afghanistan, he hopes to shift focus to domestic policy in September and get wins on major infrastructure and social spending legislation.

But Republicans’ intense focus on Afghanistan, as well as moderate Democrats who oppose the price tag of his $3.5 trillion social spending bill, threaten to block or delay Biden claiming domestic wins and a planned pivot away from foreign affairs.

Speaking on a weaker-than-expected jobs report on Friday, Biden called the country to “stick together” to achieve his September goals of increasing COVID-19 vaccinations and seeing Congress pass his economic agenda.

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“It takes a lot of nerve to give a lecture about ‘sticking together’ when you just left hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines and your only plan is to change the subject,” Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican,

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