“There’s a lot of talk about disappointments for things we haven’t gotten done—we’re going to get a lot of that done, I might add,” said President Joe Biden Friday to start a speech on the bipartisan infrastructure bill he signed into law in November. “But this is something that we did get done.” The infrastructure bill along with the American Rescue Plan—a $1.9 trillion COVID relief spending plan that passed along party lines in the spring—represent the two legislative achievements of Biden’s first year in office. But just this week, the administration has seen its calls for changes to the filibuster rule as a means of passing voting bills shot down by fellow Democrats, and the president’s workplace vaccine mandate executive order was overturned by the Supreme Court. Also, the president’s “Build Back Better” social spending plan has been shelved in the Senate after being negotiated down to just over …

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