As Democrats remain divided about the size and scope of a massive spending bill being pushed by the Biden administration, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked whether the president had “lost control of his party.”
In response, she shared her thoughts about the functioning of the U.S. government, claiming that the Democratic Party infighting is actually “how democracy works.”
“They have different points of view”
Her remarks came during a press conference on Thursday when Fox News Channel correspondent Jacqui Heinrich pressed her on the fact that Democrats could ultimately doom Biden’s ambitious agenda.
After declaring the intraparty squabble is simply business as usual in D.C., Psaki apparently felt the need to once again denigrate the Trump administration.
She asserted that the debate over Biden’s spending package “feels foreign” because it has happened so rarely in recent years.
“But how it works is the American people elect their elected officials, the president of the United States puts forward a bold and ambitious proposal, and then everybody negotiates about it,” Psaki declared. “They have different points of view.”
Instead of expressing concern over the impasse, Psaki sought to put a positive spin on the situation, saying: “That’s how democracy should world. We’re in the midst of it right now. We’re not trying to paint over how messy it looks from the outside.”
Progressives vs. moderates
Nevertheless, it is clear that leaders in her party are frustrated over their inability to get Democrats to unite behind the spending bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had intended to hold a vote on a smaller bipartisan infrastructure bill that had already passed the U.S. Senate, but progressives in her caucus threatened to tank it if they were not able to first vote on the larger budget reconciliation deal.
Even as the far left attempts to use its leverage to pass the $3.5 trillion spending proposal, centrist Democrats — particularly in the Senate — are refusing to cave.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have balked at the cost of that bill and, given the current makeup of the Senate, either one of their votes could derail its progress.
That leaves both bills currently stalled without any sign of an agreement on the horizon. This, according to Psaki, is simply “how democracy works.”