Analysis | The filibuster hindered Biden politically, even without being invoked

Of course, that bill probably wouldn’t have passed by any party line anyway. It hinges on two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), who have publicly opposed the scope of the reconciliation bill. If Biden hadn’t embraced an effort to pull infrastructure investment back as a separate, bipartisan piece of legislation, it’s not clear where the vote would have gone. But now, partially armed with the restrictions imposed by the reconciliation process, Manchin and Sinema have spurred a new focus on the bill’s top-line costs — one that has become a focal point of political discussion.

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