If there’s anyone who knows the struggle of rebuilding an economy left wrecked by a predecessor, it’s the president that Joe Biden served under as vice president from 2009 to 2017. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday to praise Biden and democrats in Congress for their progress on legislation that would help to address the rising costs of goods and services as a result of inflation in the aftermath of a global pandemic.
In light of recent, hopeful news that Democrats have reached an agreement on bills to address inflation, some of which even had some bipartisan support, has been long coming for Biden and his allies in Congress. After numerous stops and starts on Biden’s Build Back Better Bill, legislation on climate change spending and the extended child tax credit, and others blocked not only by Republicans but by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who repeatedly refused to fall in line to vote with his party and help the American people through a difficult economy.
One piece of legislation that was passed by the Senate with some bipartisan support was the Chips and Science Act, which would subsidize domestic semiconductor manufacturing and devote billions of dollars in investments for technological progress. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell originally supported the bill, but began whipping against it after Democrats reached an agreement on a reconciliation bill. At this time, both bills appear to have enough support to move forward.
Twitter expressed their gratitude for President Obama and let him know that his presence in Washington is missed. Read some of their comments below: