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What Disarray? Democrats Are Getting Stuff Done

House approval of the party’s big climate and spending bill shows that the messy public squabbling over its particulars has actually been constructive negotiation.

Still smiling.

Still smiling.

Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

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The House of Representatives finally voted Friday morning to approve the “Build Back Better” bill — the Democratic omnibus containing money for family support, health care, climate and lots and lots of other stuff. Despite constant speculation about divisions within the party, the Democrats were remarkably united, with all but Representative Jared Golden of Maine supporting what turned out to be the party consensus.