Obama 3.0: Kamala Knows She Messed Up, So What Does She Do?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 01 October 2021 15:45

In damage control mode after a tumultuous week politically for her and the administration, Vice President Kamala Harris is trying to use a personal touch to help pass Democrats’ sweeping legislative proposals, courting centrists at her private residence to gain common ground within the divided party.

At the Naval Observatory, Harris lately hosted both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus, including centrist and progressive members.

With CBC members, Harris addressed elements in the Build Back Better agenda to rally support for President Joe Biden's care economy spending and investments in the nation's infrastructure, according to a White House official.

Half of the centrists who signed a letter penned by Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat, are CHC members who attended the vice president's home on Monday. While there, Harris talked regarding their priorities in Biden’s legislation, emphasizing "that this is a historic moment to make investments that would change the lives of working families."

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A former senator from California, Harris spent four years in the upper chamber before capping her brief legislative career to join Biden in the White House. Unlike the president, a 36-year senator, Harris cast herself as a combative partisan throughout her time in the Senate, narrowing possibilities to reach across the aisle.

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Although this latest outreach shows the vice president's ability to align a divided caucus.

It's not the first time Harris has attempted to bring together different legislators to pursue Biden's intentions.

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Shortly after taking office, the White House called on Harris to promote the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package in interviews with local West Virginia and Arizona news outlets. The media appearances were received badly by Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, back then.

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“I couldn’t believe it,” Manchin announced in a local interview. “No one called me [about it] … We’re going to try to find a bipartisan path forward … but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together, what was done.”

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Presently, Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill and social spending package hang in the balance. House progressives threatened to vote down the infrastructure deal, which passed the Senate earlier this year, with concerns that sending it through would risk the passage of Biden’s sweeping Build Back Better Act.

While Biden met at the White House with Manchin and fellow Democratic maverick Krysten Sinema from Arizona many times this week, Harris's part in the negotiations is little understood.

Asked on Wednesday, Psaki announced she would have to check. A separate White House official refused to say.

Jim Manley, a veteran Democratic strategist and former top aide to Sens. Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid, announced Democratic leaders are best positioned to work the holdouts — though Harris could still stake out a part.

“You can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen, and you can’t have too many people trying to seal a legislative deal,” Manley stated.

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