With Build Back Better hopes dashed, Democrats seek a way out of the inflation mess

As voters’ concern over inflation grows, the issue of rising costs has plagued Joe Biden’s presidency and threatened Democrats’ hold on their congressional majorities, leaving the party in need of a solution before November’s elections.

In December, the Labor Department’s consumer price index rose by 6.8% without seasonal adjustments over the 12 months ending in November, the fastest annual increase in nearly 40 years. Polls show the public growing increasingly frustrated with rising costs, with many blaming Biden.

Biden spent much of the first year of his presidency arguing that his Build Back Better legislation, a massive
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