FL Democrats Celebrate One-Sided Victories in 2022

FL Democrats Celebrate One-Sided Victories in 2022

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
January 2, 2023

With 2022 behind us, Republicans look to take majority of the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Florida Democrats continue to celebrate the "Great Eight" gains made in 2022. As Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-23) previously describes, these include the Inflation Reduction Act, Respect for Marriage Act, Safer Communities Act, and policies relating to Medicate and Social Security.

An additional tweet by Rep. Wasserman-Schultz says that "America got firmly back on her feet in 2022. @TheDemocrats in Congress worked alongside @JoeBiden to deliver lower Medicare Rx prices, create good-paying jobs and combat climate change. In 2023, we will keep working #ForThePeople."

Please note, however, that she says "Joe Biden and the Democrats." Both President Biden and Congressional Democrats refused to work with Republicans throughout the year, and Republicans likewise reciprocated on many issues.

Regardless, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) calls 2022 "a year of resiliency, growth and building back stronger than ever across Tampa Bay," as she bids her constituents a happy New Year.

Meanwhile, Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-9) says the 117th Congress is "the MOST productive in over 50 years" in a series of tweets, describing the other major acts House Democrats made throughout 2022. In addition to the Acts discussed by Wasserman-Schultz, Soto highlights the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Law, the PACT Act, the CHIPS Act, and Electoral College reform.

As mentioned, many of these passed with minimal input from Republicans, or none at all.

The American Rescue Plan and Inflation Reduction Act received absolutely no votes in favor by Republicans, while the Respect for Marriage Act and Safer Communities Act, saw little support. Perhaps the only truly bipartisan bill to pass is the PACT Act.

Such heavily partisan voting serves as a demonstration of how Republicans are expected act upon assuming majority in the House, as they will seek to halt President Biden and the Democratic agenda in any way they can, leading to more gridlock.

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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