The stakes are particularly high for President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress, who are looking to deliver some big wins for Americans ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
The US is entering 2022 with a familiar pandemic anxiety.
“What I am so worried about over the next month or so is that our economy is going to shut down — not because of policies from the federal government or from the state governments, but rather because so many of us are ill.”
“I think it’s likely that we’ll see this wave come and go and that the spring and summer will look a lot better than right now looks to us,” said Levy, director of the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. “There will be fewer cases, and then again, next fall and winter we’ll see a spike of viral illnesses, coronaviruses, influenza and others, but that it’ll be more like an endemic cycle.”
“It will be a better winter — just like this winter, with all of the challenges, is still better than the winter before.”
The Biden administration has said it will not begin enforcing the employer mandate until January 10, and the government has said it’s not implementing the health care worker mandate while the legal challenges play out.
The White House said last month that it is “confident in the legal authority for both policies.”
Social safety net
Now, Democratic leaders have to figure out what happens next. They are vowing not to give up, but it’s not yet clear what Democrats might be able to accomplish.
“President Biden, who I have worked for for many years … has a habit of pulling legislative rabbits out of hats. And has done so many times,” said Jared Bernstein, one of the President’s top economists, on CNN. “He is not by any means done fighting for Build Back Better. When I talk to him about that, he has some confidence about that.”
That position underlines the major hurdles ahead for Democrats if they hope to advance even a narrow version of the legislation before the midterms in November.
January 6 investigation
“There’s a belief that a lot of what happened on that day wasn’t a comedy of errors, but a planned, coordinated effort. And so our hearings will determine whether or not what occurred on January 6 was a comedy of errors or a planned effort on the part of certain individuals,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the panel, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
In the meantime, the committee has issued a long list of subpoenas in an effort to find out information and seek testimony — and has taken steps to show there will be consequences for non-compliance.