Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report:
Well, this is definitely a victory. You take them where you can get them. And it is also a bipartisan victory in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
So now the president can come out, and the Democratic members can come out in 2022 and say that we worked in a bipartisan manner, as we promised you, to make big decisions.
The problem, however, is that while the president and the minister of energy come and say that we are going to sell this to the public, the sausage production is not over yet. They are still trying to make a Build Back Better account. This will be an exchange between the Senate and the House of Representatives. This will probably continue. Tam and I talked about this for a while, probably in December.
Most of the reporters on Capitol Hill talk about how to spend Christmas and New Years by covering it. So there is still a lot to go.
Another important point – and you brought this up with the secretary – is this: well how much it will help immediately help Americans who right now – and this is just a CNN poll – 40 percent of them say that I don’t think the administration is solving the most pressing problems – or they really think they are solving the most pressing problems; 60% say: I do not think that now they are solving the most pressing problems of the country.
For the White House and for Democrats in Congress in 2022, these numbers need to be reversed. Voters need to see that this administration is focused on the things they see as their biggest problems.