Speaking to reporters, President Biden said that unity is not the same as bipartisanism and that it is not being delayed by Republicans.
President Biden makes a big point. Unity is not the same as a bipartisan vote on legislation. pic.twitter.com/Nm8O05jXMz
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The President said:
The unit seeks to reflect what the majority of Americans, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, believe is the linchpin of what needs to be done to improve their lives and the lives of Americans. If you look at the data – and you can correct me if I get the number wrong. 57, 58 Americans, including Republicans, Democrats and Independents, think we have to do something about the Covid-19, we have to do something to make sure that people who are badly injured cannot eat, have no food, are in a position where they will be kicked out of their homes and given the opportunity to get a job. That they always think we should act, we should do more.
The unit also tries to keep a minimum. If you pass a law that breaks down along party lines but is passed, that doesn't mean there was no unity. It means it wasn't bipartisan.
President Biden made a very important point. If Republicans refuse to endorse the legislation, that doesn't mean there is no unity. For example, over 90% of Americans support advanced gun background checks. Republicans in Congress don't. When Democrats pass and sign extended background checks, that will be unified as almost all Americans support it.
The Republicans tried to arm Biden's message of unity against him, but they failed.
The unit does what the majority of Americans want, and doesn't care about a few Republicans in Congress.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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