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Republicans Want To Stop Biden’s Low Income Agenda Amid Re-election Concerns

As a bill that includes an expansion of the child tax credit for parents earning $40,000 a year or less is being considered in the House, Republicans’ internal deliberations on how to respond have become more public.

While the bill aims to provide benefits to low-income parents, some Republicans are openly expressing concerns about its potential positive impact on President Biden’s re-election prospects.

Chuck Grassley’s Unease

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On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) voiced skepticism about the legislation.

He said on Wednesday, “passing a tax bill that makes the president look good — mailing out checks before the election — means he could be reelected, and then we won’t extend the 2017 tax cuts.”

Republican Strategy Comes to Light

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This open debate within the Republican party mirrors a long-standing strategy that dates back years.

It involves obstructing or opposing legislation, even if it benefits Americans, as a means of pursuing the ultimate goal of returning to power.

The Historical Context

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In 2009, following President Barack Obama’s election, Republican leaders began developing a strategy aimed at regaining power.

This strategy prioritized reclaiming the majority, often at the expense of promoting policies that could benefit the American people.

Rep. Pete Sessions’ Question

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During a House Republican leadership retreat in early 2009, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) posed a crucial question: “If the purpose of the majority is to govern … what is our purpose?”

The answer, according to Sessions, was not necessarily to advance Republican policies but to become the majority.

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Plan

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a similar plan on the Senate side.

His approach was summarized as follows: “If Obama was for it, we had to be against it.” This strategy aimed at resisting and opposing Obama’s policies at every turn.

Party of No Approach

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This approach, labeled the “Party of No,” involved unified resistance against Obama’s agenda.

Biden, who served as Obama’s vice president, encountered substantial resistance from Republican senators who refused to cooperate on major votes.

The Ongoing Strategy

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Over time, this strategy has evolved and persisted within the Republican party.

It contributed to Republican victories in the House (2010), Senate (2014), and the White House (2016).

Shift Toward Outsider Politics

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While the Party of No approach initially focused on policy opposition, it gradually shifted toward tapping into anti-establishment sentiment.

The rise of the tea party movement further fueled this shift.

Donald Trump’s Election

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Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in 2016 was, in part, attributed to this obstructive strategy, along with McConnell’s efforts to block Obama from filling a vacant Supreme Court seat.

McConnell’s Recent Approach

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Reports emerged recently indicating that McConnell might support a Grassley-like approach to immigration legislation: doing nothing rather than assisting Biden’s electoral prospects.

While McConnell later suggested this wasn’t his intent, some Republicans have openly endorsed this strategy.

Rep. Troy E. Nehls’ Stance

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Rep. Troy E. Nehls (R-Tex.) expressed his opposition to immigration legislation aimed at improving Biden’s approval ratings.

This sentiment underscores the notion that a substantial portion of the GOP base is content with political obstruction or willing to support Republicans regardless of their stance.

Polarized Politics

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In a highly polarized political landscape, many Republicans are embracing the approach articulated by Sessions: using their limited power to build more power in the future.

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