“It is absolutely a bold and transformative and progressive agenda,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “Where candidate Joe Biden started is different from where President Joe Biden started.”
But Biden’s broad ambitions — especially on issues such as climate change and immigration — could also backfire, putting moderate Democrats at risk in the 2022 midterms and giving Republicans ammunition to portray the president as a left-leaning radical. Some Democrats are already raising alarms about the scale of some of Biden’s proposals on immigration and infrastructure, casting doubt on their prospects.
“We’ve been touting the socialist agenda now for more than two years, and everything we warned voters about is coming to fruition,” said Michael McAdams, the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to elect Republicans to the House. “We warned voters that Biden would destroy energy jobs, and Biden did that on day one. We warned voters that Biden would destroy the border, and we’re seeing a border crisis unfold before our very eyes.”