Biden’s social spending plan was dealt a serious blow last weekend when Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he is a ‘no’ on the social spending bill.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, penned an op-ed published on Sunday urging 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 dealt a serious blow 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 divided 50-50, and the Biden administration cannot afford to lose one vote on the legislation.
The progressive push for Biden’s $1.75 trillion comes as the U.S. faces a national debt of $29.4 trillion while running a $2.8 trillion deficit in the fiscal year 2021.
On Sunday, Jayapal penned an op-ed in the Washington Post that called out Manchin to renege on his position to support the bill’s framework, which she called a “stunning rebuke of his own party’s president.”
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 finite period of time to pass key parts of his agenda and needs to take bold action.
The president himself seems to be running low on patience. He said in a recent interview that he would support 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 a roadblock in the Senate.
Jayapal wrote that her caucus would “soon release a plan” that would open the path for Biden to act alone. She did not mention Manchin by name but indicated that it is challenging to negotiate with a colleague who does not keep his side of the bargain.
Her criticism 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 pointedly 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.