Biden steps out of the room and finds legacy-defining wins

              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, May 13, 2021, in Washington. From left, Secretary of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
              FILE - President Joe Biden speaks before signing two bills aimed at combating fraud in the COVID-19 small business relief programs Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the White House in Washington. Over five decades in Washington, President Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)
            FILE - In this July 13, 1982, file photo Secretary of State designate George Shultz, right, speaks with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prior to the start of the afternoon session of the panel on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill., chairman of the panel and Sen. Edward Zorinsky, D-Neb. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File) FILE - Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., followed by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., prepare for more bipartisan talks on how to rein in gun violence, at the Capitol in Washington, June 15, 2022. "In a 50-50 Senate, it's just true that when the White House takes ownership over a topic, it scares off a lot of Republicans," said Murphy, D-Conn. "I think all of this is purposeful. When you step back and let Congress lead, and then apply pressure and help at the right times, it can be a much more effective strategy to get things done." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) FILE - President Joe Biden speaks about the latest round of mass shootings, from the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 2, 2022. White House officials credit Biden's emotional speech after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, with helping to galvanize lawmakers to act on gun violence. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) FILE - In this July 15, 1994, file photo Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, right, huddles with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Stephen Breyer, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Letting the senators be senators was no easy task for Biden, whose political and personal identities are rooted in his formative years spent in that chamber. He spent 36 years as a senator from Delaware, and eight more as the Senate's president when he was valued for his Capitol Hill relationships and insights as Barack Obama's vice president. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File) FILE - President Joe Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, after attending a meeting with the House Democratic caucus to try to resolve an impasse around the bipartisan infrastructure bill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) FILE - Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gather Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, on Capitol Hill after concluding a confirmation hearing on Condoleezza Rice's nomination to be Secretary of State. From left, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Fla., Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., seated, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File) FILE - Dr. Rahul Gupta, left, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, walks with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., at the White House, Nov. 18, 2021, in Washington. President Joe Biden tried to strike a deal on a sweeping social spending and climate package with Manchin, until the conservative Democrat abruptly pulled the plug on the talks in a Fox News interview. Manchin would later pick up the negotiations again, this time with just Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)