Moderate And Progressive Dems Fighting Over Israel, Infrastructure, Other Policies


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The mainstream media desperately wants everyone to believe Joe Biden is the most popular president and that the Democratic Party is stronger than ever.

But Democrats aren’t as unified as the media wants people to believe.

They are all but guaranteed to lose control of the House and the Senate will be up for grabs in 2022.

Voters are turned off by their increasingly radical platform, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer know that.

The Hill reported:

Fissures within the Democratic Party are starting to open up after a three-month period in which liberals and centrists showed impressive unity at the opening of Joe Biden’s presidency.

Democrats rallied around one another in the divisive months after Biden’s victory over former President Trump, never more so than when a mob fueled by misinformation about the election overwhelmed police and sacked the Capitol.

Yet in recent days and weeks, the divides in the party that have always been present have opened up over issues near and far, from foreign policy to tax and spending issues central to Biden’s domestic agenda.

There is growing sniping over whether the Biden administration should pressure Israel to stop the eviction of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem, an issue that puts Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a longtime staunch ally of Israel, in the spotlight.

The report added:

Progressive Democrats dissatisfied with the Biden administration’s soft handling of the situation in Israel will have leverage when Biden nominates his ambassador to Israel, who will have to go through Senate confirmation.

Schumer on Tuesday declined to say whether he agreed with Warren’s call for the Biden administration to put pressure on Israel to halt planned evictions in East Jerusalem.

Democrats are also fighting over lifting a ceiling on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which was capped at $10,000 by the Trump tax-cut bill to pay for corporate tax cuts.

The ceiling hit blue suburban districts hard, but progressives including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argue lifting the cap would help wealthy households.

Now, centrists and radicals in the Democratic Party are fighting over how to address this.

The Hill report added:

This is a setback for Schumer, who pledged last year that repealing the Republican-enacted cap on SALT deductions would be a top priority if Democrats took back control of the Senate.

A group of House Democrats from New York and New Jersey are warning they may not vote for an infrastructure package if it doesn’t include a repeal of the SALT cap.

Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.) told The Hill in March: “No SALT, no deal.”

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Another issue sparking debate within the Senate Democratic caucus is the size of Biden’s infrastructure agenda, which is publicly projected to cost $4.1 trillion but could wind up costing a lot more if all of its elements are scored by the Congressional Budget Office.

But if the SALT deduction cap is repealed, it means that lawmakers will have to come up with hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue to cover the budget impact of that provision alone. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated in 2017 that reform of deductions in Trump’s tax bill, including the cap on the SALT deduction, would produce $668.4 billion over 10 years.

This division can be seen across nearly every issue the Democrats face. Moderates want to compromise, to find common ground among conservatives and independents.

But the progressive left is pushing a torched-earth agenda. They want to ram their goals down America’s throat before they lose power in 2022.

It doesn’t matter how much damage they cause, even to their own party.

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