Top Progressive Urges Biden To Focus On Build Back Better Despite Manchin Coup | House of Representatives

Pramila Jayapal, a progressive House leader, urged Joe Biden to continue to focus on his Build Back Better social spending legislation and use executive actions as a way to get around public rejection by a key senator , Joe Manchin.

Writing in the Washington Post, the chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said he will soon release an action plan that includes cutting costs, protecting family health care and tackling the climate crisis.

“The Progressive Caucus will continue to work on the development of Build Back Better legislation, striving to keep it as close as possible to the agreed framework,” Jayapal wrote.

Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia, rejected Build Back Better last Sunday. With the Senate split 50-50, his dramatic decision appeared to doom the bill.

He also threatened to scuttle hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for measures to meet climate goals and prompted Goldman Sachs to lower its forecast for economic growth in the United States.

Manchin has expressed concerns about climate proposals and extensions to monthly child tax credit payments.

“Taking executive action will also make it clear to those who hinder Build Back Better that the White House and the Democrats will offer Americans,” Jayapal wrote.

On Fox News Sunday, Democratic Senator from Maryland Ben Cardin was asked about Republicans’ hopes, as expressed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, that Manchin could change parties – a move that would postpone the Senate to the GOP. Manchin said he hoped there was still room for him in the Democratic ranks.

“The Democratic Party is proud to have a large tent,” Cardin said. “We have people with different points of view. “

Cardin also claimed that under Chuck Schumer of New York the Democrats had “succeeded in maintaining unity among the 50 Democratic senators.”

This claim is questionable to say the least under the current circumstances, but Cardin also said: “We were able to adopt the American bailout, we were able to face the… debt ceiling in our country, we were able to do a lot of things.

“There is absolutely room in our party for Joe Manchin, Elizabeth Warren [a progressive senator from Massachusetts] and everyone in between, with different points of view, [and] Bernie Sanders. “

Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist from Vermont, is an independent caucus but with Democrats. He reacted with fury to Manchin’s decision last week.

“We were very proud of our caucus,” Cardin insisted, “and the fact that we had diversity in our caucus, and Joe Manchin is very welcome in the Democratic Party.”

When asked about Manchin’s decision against Build Back Better, VP Kamala Harris told CBS’s Face the Nation, “The stakes are too high for any particular individual to be involved in any way. “

She also said the White House was not abandoning the legislation.

Republicans are united against the bill. Schumer said the chamber would vote on a package in early 2022. The White House said conversations with Manchin would continue. Biden said he and Manchin “were going to do something.”

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