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Jonathan Bernstein

How the Democrats’ Big Bill Finally Succeeded

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deserves credit, as do party participants who eventually put climate front and center.

Headed for another victory.

Headed for another victory.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images North America

The two names that you have probably heard the most about as Democrats have taken a year or more to pass their big climate-health care-taxes bill have been President Joe Biden and Senator Joe Manchin. Now that the bill heads to the House for final passage, it’s time to focus on the other key players who made this happen. One is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The others? Democratic party participants who nominated Biden and the Democrats in Congress in the first place. 

As the Plum Line’s Paul Waldman put it: “It tells you something about Nancy Pelosi's skills as a legislator that there is absolutely no one who doubts she will deliver this bill, or really any bill Democrats want, even with the slimmest of majorities. It's just taken for granted that it’s not even worth worrying about.”