The good legislative streak chained by the American Democrats In recent weeks, he has charged his party with confidence that, as his leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, expects, their new seats in the mid-term electionswhich will be held on November 8.
In those elections, a third of the 100 seats in the Senate and the 435 in the House of Representatives are at stake. The Democrats today enjoy a narrow majority in the first and control the second, but the Republicans need a net gain of only five seats to restore the House and traditionally the party in power is on the losing side.
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“I think people are realizing that the Republican Party has turned too far to the right and is not helping ordinary people. It’s very clear that we can do a lot and it’s going to help us win seats in the Senate,” Schumer said in a recent interview with Efe.
So President Joe Biden and the majority leader in the Upper House base their optimism on, among other things, the Inflation Reduction Act. A project to be promulgated by Biden this week after its ratification in Congress.
The White House bills it as the largest investment in the country’s history on the climate crisis, which will also help lower the price of prescription drugs by giving Medicare, the health coverage plan for those over 65, the power to negotiate their costs.
“People used to ask, ‘Can Democrats do things when they’re in power?’ And now it’s pretty clear that we can,” said Schumer, who represents New York.
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But his opponents, such as Republican Tom Cole, accuse the parliamentary majority of “creating the illusion of doing something positive before the election”.
The newly approved package, with a total investment of 669,000 million dollars, will have a particular impact on the Latino population, Schumer maintains, who will benefit from Medicare. In addition, 60% of the 27,000 million directed to the fund for the reduction of greenhouse gases will be focused on disadvantaged communities.
The passage of this bill adds to a busy schedule of good news for Democrats. The President Biden on Tuesday ratified US support for the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO and on the same day signed the microchip manufacturing law, which will strengthen supply chains to improve its position against Chinese competition.
“We’re going to bring back the microprocessor industry. Most are now made abroad. And we are also going to invest in science. All of this creates groundbreaking new companies, jobs and ideas,” Schumer said.
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If we win two more seats in the Senate, I am convinced that we will be able to do more
In addition, the House of Commons supported an initiative at the end of July to ban assault weapons in the country and last Wednesday the president signed the law that expands health care for veterans of the Armed Forces.
Adding to this good Democratic streak, the latest data on inflation, which after reaching its highest rate in four decades at 9.1% in June, stood at 8.5% in July, a drop that provides a respite for the world’s leading economy.
“If we win two more seats in the Senate, I am convinced that we will be able to do more next year. Things like helping people pay for child care,” Schumer said.
The wind seems to be blowing in your favor. In fact, the approval rating of President Joe Biden rose again to 40 percent this week, motivated by this series of Democratic achievements, according to the Ipsos polling institute.
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Even so, the November election is preceded by strong polarization, highlighted by the FBI’s search of the home of the former president Donald Trump looking for classified documents he allegedly took illegally when he left office.
The White House maintains it is an independent investigation conducted by the Justice Department, but Republicans and Trump himself have condemned political prosecution before the election.
*With information from EFE and AFP
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