As Democrats prepare to assume total political power in Washington in the wake of twin Georgia Senate wins, the most progressive among them in Congress see an opening to pursue a policy agenda that would have been largely shelved had the state broke for the GOP.
Among the most immediate objectives is an expanded COVID-19 relief package, which Democrats broadly agree is the best way to spend their political capital. For weeks, officials have demanded $2,000 â€œsurvival checksâ€� for Americans financially struggling during severe pandemic conditions. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, along with the expanded bench of progressive members in the House, have embraced the funding as a necessity, tying the prospect of delivering more money to those in need to the crucial Georgia races.
But many on the left donâ€™t want to stop there. Progressives who reluctantly supported Biden in his bid against President Donald Trump are looking for a substantial return on their investment. To get there, they are ready to argue that a new Democratic Congress should not be approached with moderation, and that the big-picture goals once considered wishcasting like a Green New Deal and student loan forgiveness should get a fair hearing early on.