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The president has been more a facilitator than manager of the legislative process. His party wants more of the latter.

President Joe Biden waves to members of the press as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Washington. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo


11/11/2021 04:41 PM EST

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After months of deference to Congress, President Joe Biden moved more assertively last week to shepherd half his domestic agenda into law. With the other half still in limbo, Democrats want some of that Biden punch again.

Outside groups fear that congressional Democrats could come up short on Biden’s social spending package. They are concerned that moderates in the House may end up buckling if the budget scores on the bill come back worse than anticipated. And there is residual anxiety that one of the two wavering Senate Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — could vote “no” over concerns about inflation and long-term debt.

The clearest solution to avoiding this, they argue, is more Biden.

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