Senate Democrats Have Officially Abandoned the Reconciliation Bill.

They’re going to lose in 2022, and they’ll absolutely deserve it.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readDec 16, 2021
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Almost from the moment the Democrats revealed their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package otherwise known as the build back better agenda, many of us on the left remained skeptical of just how serious the party was about passing it. While there were a few fleeting moments of hope along the way, at this point I’ve never been more genuinely embarrassed that I even allowed myself to consider that it even had a chance of passing, and for good reason.

MSNBC’s Jesse Rodriguez took to Twitter to write:

“NBC News: Senate expected to shelve Build Back Better bill, moving forward aggressively now on voting rights.”

He then linked to an NBC News article discussing how the agenda was shelved until at least the new year, where Leigh Ann Caldwell and Julie Tsirkin wrote:

“Democrats in the Senate are preparing to miss their self-imposed deadline to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion social safety net bill before the end of the year, according to four sources familiar with planning by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office.



Lauren Elizabeth

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