Biden wrapped up last year with his Build Back Better bill seemingly running out of steam. He begins 2022 with a push on voting rights, another high-profile plan that faces daunting obstacles.
Only a handful of Republicans are urging a broader boycott in protest of China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region and of democracy activists in Hong Kong.
Senators of both parties have long been reluctant to consider adding more justices or limiting their tenure. But this week’s abortion argument, added to liberals’ anger about recent confirmations, is prompting some to rethink.
If Biden succeeds in passing his Build Back Better plan, it will cap a set of first-term achievements. If he fails, it could play into GOP efforts to portray him as a hapless figure.
Issues he plans to raise with the Chinese leader include Beijing’s recent “coercive and provocative behavior” toward Taiwan, human rights practices, as well as and technology and cyberspace issues, according to a senior administration official.
The third discussion between the two leaders comes amid pledges of cooperation on climate but tension over other issues.
The president’s sales push on infrastructure will test whether his strategy of delivering tangible benefits still resonates in a polarized political environment where cultural issues are powerful.
Jen Psaki had decided not to travel with Biden on his foreign trip, citing a family emergency.
But details on how to reopen talks with Tehran remain vague.