According to Rep. Spanberger, the New York Times didn't elect President Biden for FDR-like governance.
According to the congresswoman, Biden was sent by voters to the White House "to be normal" and "to stop the chaos."
Biden replied on Saturday to Spanberger, calling him "a friend" as well as claiming that Spanberger helped shape his presidency.
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According to The New York Times, Rep. Abigail Spanberger from Virginia stated earlier this week that President Joe Biden was not elected to pursue broad legislation like former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's transformative New Deal. Instead, they wanted someone "normal" to run the White House to "stop the chaos."
Spanberger is a moderate Democrat who was first elected to the House in 2018, in a Republican-leaning congressional District anchored in suburban Richmond. He pointed out sentiments among swing voters that these voters were the same voters who had voted Republican for many years, but helped Democrats gain a House majority under Donald Trump.
Looking at electoral losses in her own backyard, including a devastating defeat for Democrats in Virginia's gubernatorial race between Republican Glenn Youngkin (ex-Gov.) Terry McAuliffe lost in the state House of Delegates. The congresswoman stated that her party must assure voters they are focused on issues at the table.
She told The Times that while we were willing to consider a global pandemic seriously, we aren't willing to admit that inflation and supply chains are problems and there isn't enough workers in our workforce. "We don't like to acknowledge problems in areas we control and gloss over it."
According to the congresswoman, many Americans see Biden as a calm leader who can turn the page after the Trump years. However, they didn't vote to give Democrats the mandate to pass their spending priorities.
She stated that he was not elected to F.D.R. but she said so because of the party's slim 221-213 House majority as well as its thin Senate majority.
After months of internal disagreements, Friday's House vote passed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. 13 Republicans voted in support and six progressive Democrats voted in opposition.
Now, the bill is headed to Biden's desk where he will sign it into legislation during an official ceremony within the next few days.
The party will then move to passing the reconciliation bill worth $1.75 trillion, also known as the Build back Better Act. It consists of a social spending blueprint that includes funding universal pre-K for six year, childcare subsidies and an expansion to Medicare to include hearing aids.
Biden was asked Saturday about Spanberger's comments. This elicited a smile by the commander-in chief, who called her "a good friend".
He was informed by the president that FDR's photo was in his office by the congresswoman.
He stressed that he was his man and worked on his terms.
He said, "I don’t intend to become anybody other than Joe Biden." "That's all I am. "I'm trying to do the things I used to run on to."