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Build Back Better May Not Have Passed a Decade Ago

Larson, actor John B. Connecticut, a veteran Democrat, said. “You can’t tell people that they are doing a better job than they are.”

And as society changed, so did the Democratic Party. Rep. Jamal Bowman’s New York district stretches from the affluent suburb of Scarsdale to the tougher streets of Mount Vernon, and for 32 years, white Democrat Eliot L. Engel has represented.

Bowman, a progressive black man who defeated Mr. Engel in a Democratic primary last year, said his voters recognize wealth inequality and income stagnation among them — in part, because he wouldn’t let them deny it.

“If they try to look the other way, they really can’t,” said Mr. Bowman. “And they know that whether it’s through government or private industry, or both, we have to do more to close the inequality gap.”

Republicans are still betting that voters will focus on the spectacle of the Democratic president, who has struggled for months to unite his divided majority around his agenda. They argue that the chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, high inflation and precarious economic growth have only added to the sense that the country is adrift, and say they are not about to allow Democrats to use the Social Safety Net bill to divert attention from those concerns. .

“We have a supply chain crisis that is still raging, exacerbating the very high prices and scarcity of goods that our citizens are experiencing,” the House Republican leader, Mr. McCarthy, said Thursday. And ask yourself this: What has this room done, especially this week, to relieve any of these pressures on our fellow citizens, the people we’ve been sent here to represent? The answer is absolutely nothing.”

Republicans say passage of the bill will only stoke inflation, force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, and create “stagflation,” the combination of stagnant economic growth and price hikes that ended Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

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