Already this yr, he has proven that he’s prepared and in a position to transfer huge laws via the evenly divided chamber with none Republican help, as he did when he held Democrats collectively behind Mr. Biden’s practically $1.9 trillion pandemic-era stimulus legislation.
For now, Mr. Schumer is placing the onus on others to point out that they will produce a compromise. Republicans this week introduced their very own $568 billion infrastructure blueprint, which incorporates lower than one-tenth the quantity of latest spending that Mr. Biden has proposed for public-works initiatives. The president welcomed that effort in his speech on Wednesday, saying he was open to listening to competing concepts, whereas cautioning that “the remainder of the world just isn’t ready for us.”
However Republicans have dismissed the outreach as insincere, accusing Mr. Biden and Mr. Schumer of providing what Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican chief, referred to as a “multitrillion-dollar purchasing listing that was neither designed nor supposed to earn bipartisan buy-in.”
“We heard concerning the so-called jobs plan, full of punitive tax hikes at precisely the time our nation wants a restoration,” Mr. McConnell mentioned on Thursday. “We heard concerning the so-called household plan, one other gigantic tax-and-spend colossus.”
“Our Democratic buddies,” he added, “have grow to be hooked on divide-and-conquer.”
Mr. Schumer, in live performance with Mr. Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, has not been shy about reaching for what he calls “huge and daring” achievements whereas he has the prospect, with Democrats in charge of Congress and the White Home — a circumstance that may finish in 2022, when Republicans might reclaim Home and Senate majorities.
That actuality has outlined Mr. Schumer’s first 100 days simply because it has Mr. Biden’s.