This Progressive Lawmaker Thinks Biden Must FORCE His Agenda

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 27 December 2021 15:45
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, wrote an opinion piece issued on Sunday compelling President Biden to use "executive action" to "make clear to those who hinder Build Back Better that the White House and Democrats will deliver for Americans."

Biden’s social spending plan was rejected last weekend when Sen. Joe Manchin announced on "Fox News Sunday" that he is a "no" on the social spending bill. The Senate is evenly split 50-50, and the Biden administration cannot afford to lose one vote on the legislation.

Jayapal wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post Sunday that called out Manchin for refusing to support the framework of the bill, which she called a "stunning rebuke of his own party’s president."

Biden’s critics say he is being drawn to his party’s left and was not elected president with the order to change the country fundamentally. Progressives in the House who come from dark blue districts do not reflect the political appetite of the country, they say. But most in his party say he has a limited period to pass key parts of his agenda and needs to take forceful action.

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The president himself seems out of patience. He said in a recent interview that he would back an exception to the Senate’s filibuster rule when it comes to the wide-ranging election and campaign finance reform bill that passed the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year but hit an obstruction in the Senate.

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Jayapal wrote that her caucus would "soon release a plan" that would open the path for Biden to act alone. She did not cite Manchin by name but stressed that it is challenging to talk with a colleague who does not keep his side of the bargain.

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Her backlash comes after Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, called Manchin’s announcement last week "a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position" and "a breach of his commitments" to Biden and congressional Democrats.

She reportedly said that Manchin, whose state is among the nation’s poorest, "will have to explain" why many families will have to cope with higher health and child care costs the bill is intended to address.

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"This moment for the Biden administration and Congress can either lead to our greatest failure or our greatest success," Jayapal wrote. "If we use every tool at our disposal to redouble our efforts to deliver for our communities, with the most urgent needs of the American people as our guide, success is possible."

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Kevin Walling, a Democratic campaign strategist, wrote on FoxNews.com that the "Biden administration should work with House and Senate progressives to explore various executive actions that can build on that framework."

"All of this is possible with continued hands-on leadership from President Biden and Democrats working together across ideologies to deliver critical resources for the American people," he wrote.

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