(FreedomBeacon.com)- President Joe Biden has been lauded by Democratic lawmakers for his legislative success, according to The Washington Post. He has been hailed by Democratic strategist Bob Shrum as “the most legislatively successful president since LBJ.” Chuck Schumer has called Biden’s Congress “the most productive two years in [the] 50 years since the Great Society.”
But, as the author of the article writes, the rhetoric does not match the record. While Congress passed 13 major bills from 2021 to 2022, much of that legislative success is reportedly because former President Barack Obama paved the way for Biden to succeed.
Data collected by David Mayhew, a political scientist at Yale, and Matt Grossmann, a political scientist at Michigan State, show that “the number of legislative acts moving national policy to the ideological left in 2021 and 2022 was indeed unusually high,” but that the 2009 to 2010 Congress is ranked even ahead of that.
The Washington Post claims that the Affordable Care Act has given Biden time to think about other legislative aims. Without the ACA passage, Biden would have allegedly been confronted with a top Democratic priority: healthcare. Biden’s success in passing healthcare would have likely been stalled as well given the “narrow partisan margins” currently held in Congress by both Democrats and Republicans.
Obama reportedly allowed Biden to focus on other agendas, such as infrastructure, gun safety, and same-sex marriage protection. These accomplishments allegedly gave Biden the breathing room in the 2022 midterms that Obama did not enjoy in 2010.
But Biden is enjoying bipartisanship in the Senate. In a stunning alliance, the president is going across the state of Kentucky with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to promote their “bipartisan infrastructure” bill that Biden signed in 2021 which totals $1.2 trillion, according to Valiant News.
McConnell has been a key ally to Biden, helping him pass the 4,000-page $1.7 trillion spending bill that faced severe public backlash, notably for its lack of funding for border security and its additional $45 billion aid for Ukraine, according to American Pigeon.