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How the White House and Democrats hope to survive Biden’s political bruises

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But the imminent loss of power makes politicians act with greater urgency. For Biden and his party, that just happens to represent their best hope of ultimately not losing it.

That dynamic came into view at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue last week. With an assist from Biden and his aides, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi overcame intra-party conflict to keep Congress on track for enacting mammoth investments to upgrade America’s infrastructure, help struggling families climb the economic ladder, and respond to climate change.

The $3.5 trillion, Democrats-only “human infrastructure” package survived a harrowing legislative test in the House, as the $1.2 trillion, bipartisan “physical infrastructure” package had earlier in the Senate. The tests ahead promise to be more harrowing.

Yet progress on both fronts so far gives Biden reason to expect a reasonable facsimile of his “Build Back Better Agenda” will eventually clear Congress and reach his desk. To avoid…

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