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Democrats Are Trying to Do a Lot. That’s Not Disarray.

It makes sense to be ambitious during the rare periods when a party controls both the White House and Congress, even if the process looks messy and might fail.

Nobody said it was easy.

Nobody said it was easy.

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A lot of people disdain artificial deadlines in legislation and the frantic, seemingly chaotic activity that goes with them. But while there was still no resolution by Thursday night of the Democratic Party’s impasse on the dual congressional bills that would enact large chunks of their agenda, from climate to health care to child care to construction and more, the day’s events appeared to yield more progress than has been the case for months.