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Matthew Yglesias

Build Back Better Can Come Back Better Than Ever

Democrats have to be willing to disappoint some of their constituencies by narrowing the bill’s focus to a few core issues.

They might not get exactly what they want, but it’ll still be nice.

They might not get exactly what they want, but it’ll still be nice.

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President Joe Biden’s signature economic legislation isn’t dead. In fact, if Democratic Party leaders could only bring themselves to make a few hard choices, Build Back Better could even get better.

Momentum for the nearly $2 trillion bill has seemingly collapsed, with talks between Senator Joe Manchin and the White House breaking down and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s self-imposed Christmas deadline looking impossible. But it’s never a good idea to take congressional deadlines seriously. And Democrats should realize that Manchin’s red lines leave them plenty of room to enact a major piece of legislation that all factions of the party can be proud of.