The Bottom Line

The tug of war within the US Democratic Party

Long-simmering conflicts between the progressive and centrist wings of the Democratic Party are boiling over.

President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” plan aims to tax the rich, fight global warming, and make healthcare and education cheaper in the United States.

With such a social agenda, it would be expected for the Republican Party to block the plan, but instead, it faces pressure from within the Democratic establishment. The party’s moderates say the plan goes too far, costs too much, and alienates American voters who are scared of the “S” word (socialism).

Host Steve Clemons speaks with Faiz Shakir, the political adviser of Senator Bernie Sanders, and Jonathan Kott, a former adviser to Senator Joe Manchin.