The filibuster hampered Biden politically, even without being invoked

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Of course, that bill probably wouldn’t have passed on a party-line vote anyway. It depends on two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), who’ve publicly opposed the scale of the reconciliation bill. Had Biden not embraced an effort to pull out infrastructure investments as a separate, bipartisan piece of legislation, it’s not clear where the vote might have landed. But now, armed in part with the limits imposed by the reconciliation process, Manchin and Sinema have spurred a new focus on the bill’s top-line cost — one that’s become a central focus of the political discussion.

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