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Domestic political struggles continue to dominate the perspectives of the US Studies Centre’s scholars and experts on the United States. I was reminded of a maxim attributed to Gough Whitlam, that in politics, one has to “crash through or crash”.

Last week we noted the enormous political costs should President Biden’s signature infrastructure package fail to pass through Congress. No clear road map to compromise and a legislative victory has emerged. With virtually zero chance that any Republican will vote for these landmark initiatives, Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress are trying to settle on a package that will require the support of virtually all Democratic House members and all 50 Democratic senators.