Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) advocates executive action to pass climate and social policy legislation, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has rejected her proposal.
In a Washington Post op-ed, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal writes: “Taking executive action will also demonstrate to those who oppose Build Back Better that we will deliver for Americans.”
In an effort to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion spending plan, Jayapal said the caucus would “continue working on legislation for Build Back Better while keeping it as close as possible” to the agreement reached previously.
The group will present its own plan for action soon, which will include actions to lower costs, protect the health of every family and demonstrate that the United States “is taking climate action seriously.”
Noteworthy is the statement by Jayapal that Manchin reversed his commitment to the president and killed the bill on national television in his op-ed.
She wrote, “In a town where your word is everything, this was a stunning rebuke of his own party’s presidential candidate,” repeating comments she made shortly after Manchin had made his announcement.
According to Hans Nichols of Axios, Manchin wields unprecedented power in a 50-50 Senate.
He was accused of breaching his commitments by the White House after announcing he would not support the Build Back Better Act.
According to Reuters, the White House has since stated that discussions “will continue” with Manchin’s office.
Since then Biden has stated that he and Manchin will “get something accomplished.”