President Joe Biden has sought to motivate Democrats on Capitol Hill to vote for his multi-trillion-dollar spending bills by warning them that if the bills fail, those who supported the Capitol riot on January 6 will celebrate a political victory.
One bill is a bipartisan $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill (most of which is not traditional infrastructure). The other is a $3.5 trillion catch-all spending bill that includes Democrats’ most radical priorities, and which Biden has recently linked to his “Build Back Better” policy agenda. It can only pass the Senate through the so-called “reconciliation” process, which has been abused by recent Democratic administrations to evade the Senate’s filibuster rule.
Biden, who recently appointed an alleged domestic terrorist to his Cabinet with the conformation of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday, referred to the January 6 riot in private meetings with Democrats.
The Associated Press reported:
In his private talks with legislators, Biden has suggested a Democratic defeat on the current bills would be a gift to Republicans, empowering a party that he has judged a threat to democracy itself. Defeat, he has warned, would embolden the same forces who tacitly blessed the origins of the Jan. 6th insurrection and are now balking at helping to lift the national debt ceiling to avoid a government default.
Democrats have begun making frequent use of the January 6 riot in their campaign messaging, most recently in the recall election that faced California Gov. Gavin Newsom last month. Newsom and his allies claimed that the recall was being pushed by Trump supporters and those who supported the Capitol riot in January.
Biden visited Capitol Hill personally on Friday to meet with Democrats in an attempt to resolve the intraparty impasse.