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Analysis of Calls for Biden to withdraw.

  • President Biden put forward an economic plan that among other things:
    • took on big pharma to show the power of the federal government to cut costs for people struggling with high prices;
    • oversaw record low child poverty and Black unemployment;
    • set up the American Climate Corps which opens the door to a Job Guarantee that re-imagines work;
    • removed the shadow over major life decisions that was student debt while he keeps delivering more than he promised toward cancelling it;
    • broke inflation without raising unemployment at a speed that defied dominant economic theory.
  • President Biden is proudest that when he put forward this economic plan, economists said it couldn't be done, but he proved the mainstream of the profession wrong, making them now admit that "based on what he wants to do, President Biden's next term would be an enormous success.";
  • The tests of Bidenomics show that we can build back better so that we don't have to let unaccountable corporations shape our society and drive conflicts, crises, and injustice;
  • President Biden has directed federal projects to shore up the power of organized labor and communities so that people don't have to leave their homes and loved ones to find good jobs and struggle with wages insufficient to cover housing and basic needs.
  • The president has designed environmental and infrastructure funding guidance that centers people and the structural issues that have left entire communities and groups low income and disadvantaged, blocked from contributing the political and creative power necessary to take on the global climate crisis from which they are the first to suffer; and
  • President Biden has moved our relationship with the other great world power from irrational hostility toward mutual respect, and;
  • The Biden administration has unprecedented experience as a result of implementing his ideas, and;
  • The character of the President who leads the people making decisions in an administration determines how the power of the Constitution will be employed.
  • Leaders spanning the party are in the list of those who express unqualified support ranging from Senator John Fetterman to Representative Ilhan Omar and including Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper; Representative Bobby Scott, Representative Maxine Waters, and the Congressional Black Caucus; Senator Bernie Sanders, who handed over his team of economist in the Joint Policy Task Force and the Modern Money Theory and the Road Ahead for a Biden Administration election eve summit: the only economists who consistently advised President Biden that his policy ideas would work as they did; Representative Ayana Pressley, whose Job Guarantee resolution affirms what the American Climate Corps can become; Representative Alexandria Ocassio Cortez who fought to keep the President's original Build Back Better by not splitting out the Infrastructure Plan; Representative Corrie Bush who recognizes she and the President face the same foes; Representative Clyburn who sees future debates can't be prepped around trivia.
  • Opponents roughly mirror positions on and involvement in paring down Build Back Better from 6T, leaving Biden vulnerable to the knockout blow landed by Trump in the opening question of the Presidential debate.

Quotes from various factions:

DONE Biden gets support from key lawmakers as he tells Democrats he won’t step aside after debate   wilson beatty cbc

Though not present on the call, lawmakers from the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, were quick to defend Biden from their colleagues calling on the president to step aside.

Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio

Beatty, former chair of the CBC, said that

Democrats “shouldn’t be going rogue against our own president” and that Black voters are loyal and will continue to support Biden.

Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida

“Any ‘leader’ calling for President Biden to drop out needs to get their priorities straight and stop undermining this incredible actual leader who has delivered real results for our country,” Wilson said in a statement.

DONE Several top House Democrats say Biden should step aside during leadership call   cbc waters scott

Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Bobby Scott spoke in support of Biden, according to one of the sources.

DONE Black leaders reaffirm support for Biden amid Democratic infighting   wilson richmond waters beatty

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)

“Any ‘leader’ calling for President Biden to drop out needs to get their priorities straight and stop undermining this incredible actual leader who has delivered real results for our country,” “What Democrats need to be doing is stop listening to these political pundits and focus on what’s at stake this election: our democracy,” Wilson added. “End of story. I stand with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and so should all Americans.”

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.)

“I think it’s interesting that not one African-American member [of Congress] has called on the president to step down,”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

There ain’t gonna be no other Democratic candidate. It’s going to be Biden, and you better know it,”

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio),

“100 percent with the president.”

DONE Congressional Democrats are divided over Biden's future after debate performance   wilson

Rep. Frederica Wilson

, a member of the caucus, said in a statement that the call "reaffirmed [her] support for Biden and Harris."

"President Biden’s call with the Congressional Black Caucus tonight showed his unwavering dedication to our nation’s future and that he is in this fight," said Wilson, D-Fla. "He’s committed to fighting for the soul of our nation and Black economic progress, and I stand with him for another four years because he’s consistently stood with my community."

DONE Black leaders reaffirm support for Biden amid Democratic infighting   waters

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

gave a passionate response to calls for Biden to step aside at Essence Festival last week.

“He should have done better in the debate, but hell, he’s already starting to do better,” she said. “Did you see the latest interview? And he gets stronger, and he’s going to do better every day.” She also addressed concerns over Biden’s age, noting that she is older than the 81-year-old president and calling Trump a “no-good, deplorable, lying despicable human being.” “Do we have to talk about the difference between these two? There ain’t gonna be no other Democratic candidate. It’s going to be Biden, and you better know it,” she said

DONE Congressional Black Caucus members reject calls for Biden to step aside   beatty

Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio

“So that’s five or 10 members out of 215-216 members; White men who are saying he should step down,” she said. Beatty said that Black voters are loyal and will continue to support Biden.

“The same way we were protective of Bill Clinton. The same way we were protective of Barack Obama, because they have delivered for this nation, this country, our democracy and for Black people,”

DONE Jim Clyburn 'riding with Biden' amid growing calls to drop out; but would endorse Harris   clyburn

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.,

"I'm riding with Biden,"

DONE Interview With Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC); Interview With Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Interview With Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Aired 9-10a ET   clyburn prep

Congressman Jim Clyburn

I have been a part of debate preparation before, and I know when I see what I call preparation overload.

I saw Joe Biden grabbing for words and phrases and even numbers that he was loaded up with.

If you are going to have another debate, the preparation for that debate needs to be different. There's no question in my mind.

… when he expressed opinions, he was on the money with the opinions.

DONE Angry and stunned Democrats blame Biden’s closest advisers for shielding public from full extent of president’s decline   vilsack prep

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

As for Biden’s Cabinet meetings, the White House provided a statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – who also served under Obama – saying what is described in this story is “standard practice for any administration” because “there should not be surprise in Cabinet

DONE Rep. Omar talks 5th Congressional District rematch, continued support for President Biden after debate   omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar, MN 5th Congressional District

"We have to do everything that we can to make sure that we are pushing Biden across the finish line in November."

DONE 'This matter is closed': AOC says she supports Biden despite calls for him to drop out   aoc

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

“I have spoken with him extensively. He made clear then and he has made clear since that he is still in this race. The matter is closed,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “He had reiterated that this morning. He has reiterated that to the public. Joe Biden is our nominee. He is not leaving this race. He is in this race and I support him.”

DONE Why progressives are backing Biden   aoc bernie omar since

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

“He’s been the best president of my lifetime, and we have his back,”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Biden is one of the “more progressive” presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

“The matter is closed, …” “He is in this race, and I support him.”

DONE California Rep. Norma Torres urges fellow Dems to support Biden, says "this case is closed   torres

California Rep. Norma Torres

“step aside and let Biden be who he is.” “This case is closed,”

DONE Democratic lawmaker calls on colleagues to "suck it up and move forward" amid pressure on Biden to step down   espaillat

Rep. Adriano Espaillat

“They’re not significant in numbers. I mean, there are 435 of us in the House and 100 in the Senate,” Espaillat told CNN. “And you know do the math. Most people feel that (Biden) is the candidate, the delegates voted for him. He had a bad day. Let’s suck it up and move forward.”

“He was there for us during the pandemic, the biggest crisis of my lifetime. He was there for us and saved lives.

DONE ‘Blood in the water’: Can defiant Biden clear Democratic lawmakers’ high bar?   carper

Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware

are standing by him.

“I met him 50 years ago and he’s been my friend for 50 years,” Carper told reporters Monday. “I’ve supported him in everything that he’s run for. … I have no interest in walking away from him today, or tomorrow or the day after that.”

Carper, a Democrat who is not seeking reelection, said Biden will have “plenty of opportunities to show if he still has what it takes, and I think he deserves a chance to demonstrate that.”

DONE Democrats once rallied behind Biden. Now they fear he's paving the way for Trump   coons warner durbin

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware

Biden “is the most accomplished and consequential president in my lifetime,”

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.,

With so much at stake in the upcoming election, “now is the time for conversations about the strongest path forward,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who has reportedly pulled back from trying to assembling a group of senators to call on Biden to withdraw.

Warner told reporters on Monday that it is incumbent upon Biden “to more aggressively make his case to the American people and to hear directly from a broader group of voices about how to best prevent Trump’s lawlessness from returning to the White House.”

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois,

the Democratic whip,

said his level of confidence in the president is “high” and that he thinks Biden should continue his campaign. Durbin said he is discussing “alternatives” with his colleagues but hasn’t heard anything he’ll support publicly.

Durbin said he’s concerned the narrative throughout the 2024 presidential race will remain about Biden’s mental fitness for the job, but he said Biden has “a hard-charging, directly confrontational approach” and that he’s “going to establish that he has the physical and mental strength to finish his campaign and win.”

DONE Even Centrists Are Questioning Biden. But the Squad Is Divided.   gaza bush schemes

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.,

said she and Biden were facing the same fight against extremist Republicans.

One [plotter wearing "bold progressive" colors] who spoke with The Intercept on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely

“There is a divide between the most progressive members who feel like they need to show fealty for self-preservation or for future ambition and those who are willing to just hang back and not offer support because they don’t need anything,” said the strategist, who is in regular communication with Squad members’ staff.

DONE Joe Biden Hasn’t Lost Dems on Capitol Hill. Keeping Them Won’t Be So Simple.   schemes warner coons omar

Unnamed plotter:

“They’ve outflanked us with the CBC and others,”

“Members are becoming resigned to Biden holding all the cards here, and us having no real say in the matter. The anticipated ‘intervention’ is crumbling in the face of Biden preempting it. The only thing that could change this is some devastating new polling, a major new gaffe, or some revelation that reopens the matter. It feels closed for now.”

Sen. Chris Coons

“is going to be our nominee, and he is going to win this election.”

“He’s doing it,” Coons claimed. “He’s doing it well.”

Top Biden surrogate Sen. Chris Coons was also resolute. Biden, he said, “is going to be our nominee, and he is going to win this election.”

Coons even went so far as to address his colleagues’ concerns that Biden needs to soothe voter anxiety at interviews and public events. “He’s doing it,” Coons claimed. “He’s doing it well.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Even progressive

“the best president of my lifetime.”

“We have his back.”

Sen. Mark Warner

While Biden claimed on Friday that Sen. Mark Warner was “the only one” who was expressing concerns about him remaining the nominee, the truth is there are plenty of Democrats in the Senate who sound less than resolute: Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Dick Durbin, Martin Heinrich, Patty Murray, Brian Schatz, Tina Smith, Jon Tester and Sheldon Whitehouse have all sounded less than enthusiastic about Biden staying at the top of the ticket.

DONE Senate Democrats' meeting on Biden's campaign future is scrapped, source familiar says   warner

Sen. Mark Warner

A source familiar with Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s thinking said the private meeting he was trying to organize for Monday with other senators to discuss a path forward for President Joe Biden’s campaign is no longer happening.

The source said the purpose of the meeting was to get Senate Democrats on the same page about the future of Biden’s candidacy, but it was scrapped after it was leaked to media outlets.

DONE Biden gets support from key lawmakers as he tells Democrats he won't step aside after debate   spanberger

Reps. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia

and Lauren Underwood of Illinois,

changed the subject, declining to answer question as they ducked into an elevator.

DONE Kaine addresses Biden’s run and USPS delays   kaine

Senator Tim Kaine

“My answer has been kind of the same, which is Joe Biden’s a patriotic guy. He always puts the country first over self, he puts others first over self.” Kaine said. “He is going to make a decision, and I’m going to respect that decision.”

DONE I think we’re losing the plot here,’ says Ayanna Pressley as Democrats remain divided on Biden   manchin pressley schumer

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin

“Basically we’re to the point where, do you stick with plan A or is there a plan B?” said West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a recently declared independent who still is aligned with the Democrats. “We don’t know.”

Representative Ayanna Pressley of Boston.

“He’s our nominee and I think we’re losing the plot here,” “This is about real, lasting harm that will be felt by everyone who calls this country home when the federal government is dismantled as we know it.”

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer

I’m with Joe.

DONE Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders on "Face the Nation," July 7, 2024   warner grammy listening

He has got to say, I am prepared to take on corporate greed, massive income and wealth inequality and stand with the working class in this country. He does that, he's going to win, and win big.

Yes, he has spoken to me in recent days and I hope to be meeting on a regular basis with the White House to hammer out an agenda that speaks to the needs of the vast majority of the people

Look, Mark is a friend of mine, I like Mark, is one of the more conservative members of the Democratic Caucus. No, I have not been invited. No, I will not attend.

this is not a beauty contest, it's not a Grammy Award contest. It is a contest of who stands with the vast majority of the people in this country, the elderly, the children, working class, the poor. And that candidate is obviously Joe Biden.

DONE Democrats appear torn over Biden as concerns whether he can win deepen   summerlee bush

Pennsylvania representative Summer Lee walked with headphones on, declining to stop.

Representative James Clyburn

“We’re ridin’ with Biden”

Senator John Fetterman, Pennsylvania

“He’s our guy,”

the Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“Joe Biden is, will be and should be our nominee,”

Representative Cori Bush, a Missouri Democrat facing a serious primary challenge, likened her fight for political survival to Biden’s and said the party must unite to defeat the influence of Trump-aligned “Maga Republicans”.

DONE Biden will attack "Project 2025" and lay out plans for 2nd term in remarks in Michigan today, campaign says   bidenquotes larson

Other goals he’ll outline include passing the PRO Act to “end union-busting once and for all,”

DONE A running list of top Democrats calling for Biden to drop out

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Past Featured

2024 General Assembly Legislative Agenda.

  • TODO Statements on VA 2024 HB528, conservation landscaping and HOAs.
  • DONE Bi-partisan win on HB985, state-wide coal tar sealant ban
  • TODO HB 936 Public school buildings; indoor air quality standards
    • TODO Reinstate Emily Yen, lobbyist pulled from this bill mid-session who is making the VEA a stronger, more equitable and democratic union with every win on her way to reinstatement.

American Climate Corps

Input Session.

Advocate for a Job Guarantee directed to community-led community development, not directed through local government and entrenched elites, not substituting for regular government functions, not tailored as free training bound for specific employers. See session II transcript and draft comment.

DEQ EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

Additional Hearings.

See how our legislative agenda dovetails with examples from the guiding documents that it enables and with the ACC that provides an on-going funding stream.

Biden on cancel all student debt:

  1. Response to Biden Announcement. [Update June 30, 2023: still applies post-SCOTUS decision.]
  2. Biden on the bipartisan consensus "government doesn't have the money."
  3. Biden on education and preparedness
  4. Biden on education and social control .
  5. Biden on MMT, recovery, and student debt.

Congratulate Delegate Destiny Levere Bolling and Senator Lashrecse Aird and CD 07 Congressional candidate Elizabeth Guzman

for having the courage to denounce the New Right motive force behind "Right to Work," Reed Eugene Larson.

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