Progressives are growing restless over the state of Joe Biden’s presidency, with some upset that his first year in office was not as transformative for Democrats as they had hoped.
Desperate for a shift from the Trump years, liberals who wanted the new president to rewrite the policy playbook are now worried that Biden, burdened by a narrow Senate majority, may not accomplish more sizable changes heading into 2022.
That realization has hit some in the party’s left flank particularly hard.
“Biden has governed all year long like anyone but him is the president,” said Deirdre Shelly, campaign director of the climate-oriented Sunrise Movement.
“He has refused to throw any punches or posture at all towards the people in his own party who are hindering his agenda, or even to Republicans,” Shelly added.
Biden administration turned down public health expert plan in late October that called for manufacturing and sending over 700 million rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans ahead of holidays, per Vanity Fair report
President Joe Biden's administration turned down a plan in late October laid out by COVID-19 testing experts to manufacture and send over 700 million rapid COVID-19 at-home tests to Americans ahead of the holidays, according to Vanity Fair.
Gun violence prevention advocates were hopeful a year ago that the Biden presidency would make progress on gun control. Instead, as his first year in office draws to an end, they are feeling disappointed.
Advocates say Biden's response to the recent school shooting in Michigan, when a sophomore opened fire at school and killed four students, fell short, and they are disheartened that the administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) withdrew.
..."Do I think they've done the most of any administration? It's not enough," said Fred Guttenberg, senior adviser of Brady PAC and father of a victim in the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios.
Why it matters: The guidance will impact almost 70,000 federal employees, most of which work at the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Veterans Affairs. OPM is directing agencies to implement the new wage by Jan. 30.
The largest share of employees, more than 56,000 people, currently paid below $15 work at the DOD.
Wow! Great. What about everybody else? Are you not planning to seek the a raise in the federal minimum wage? That will make two successive Democrats administrations that will have failed to raise the wage nationally.
In Biden’s case, though, the 60 percent who say they would probably vote for someone else is a bigger number than any poll testing either Trump or Obama on the same question. And Biden’s negative-24-point spread is worse than Trump’s worst — negative-21.