Analysis: Biden Exceeds What’s Possible in Divided DC | Health, Med. & Fitness

The two senators spent just over an hour in the White House on Thursday night, but it seemed nearly impossible to find a way forward for the legislation.

Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Michigan, said Biden had “cultivated sky-high expectations while inevitably failing to deliver on them.”

“If you want to be FDR,” Meijer added, “it is probably a requirement that you have a mandate. On the same vote that elected Joe Biden to office, the Democrats nearly lost the House.”

Biden’s handling of the economy has brought its own challenges. The president has led to record job creation, but also renewed fears of inflation.

Biden tried to allay concerns about inflation this summer, insisting that it was the predictable result of the economy restarting after the pandemic and that rising prices would soon subside.

“Our experts believe and the data shows that most of the price increases we’ve seen were expected and expected to be temporary,” he said in July. “The reality is you can’t click on the global economic light again and not expect this to happen.”

But inflation only increased as the summer ended and oil prices rose. That prompted the president, who promised a future without fossil fuels, to release a record amount from the US petroleum reserve to help cut the cost of gasoline. Yet inflation reached its highest point in nearly 40 years at 7% per annum in December.


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