By Christian Datoc
Just 365 days after President Joe Biden entered office, the country looks very different.
The deployment of coronavirus vaccines and boosters, not to mention the development of new therapeutics and treatments, has equipped the country to tackle a third pandemic year with some sense of normalcy, and states around the country are chomping at the bit to start receiving billions in new infrastructure funding shepherded through Congress by Biden and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Still, the president’s approval ratings have nearly halved across that same time frame, and the prospects of passing any of his more progressive proposals dwindle with each passing day. His second, more focused effort to pass two voting reform bills received a resounding defeat in the Senate late Wednesday night, when Democratic efforts to scrap the filibuster were dashed by two of their own, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.