Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal urged the Biden administration to move forward with its doomed ‘Build Back Better’ package this week; saying the President could enact the radical measure through executive actions.
“On Dec. 20, Sen. Manchin went back on his commitment to the president and seemingly killed the bill on national television. In a town where your word is everything, this was a stunning rebuke of his own party’s president,” writes Jayapal on in op-ed published by the Washington Post.
“Despite that, we must move forward. The president’s agenda is even more urgent today. The omicron variant is surging as covid-19 has once again disrupted people’s ability to work, care for children and elders, access medical care and make ends meet. We simply cannot abandon our vision,” she adds.
“The Progressive Caucus will continue to work toward legislation for Build Back Better, focused on keeping it as close to the agreed-upon framework as possible. At the same time, we are calling on the president to use executive action to immediately improve people’s lives.
“The Progressive Caucus has always believed in leaving no one behind. We call on our governing partners to join us in advancing that philosophy, guided by racial, gender and economic justice — not corporations’ bottom lines. This moment for the Biden administration and Congress can either lead to our greatest failure or our greatest success. 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,” concludes the Congresswoman.
Read the full op-ed here.
BREAKING NOW: Joe Manchin Calls $3.5 Trillion Spending Package ‘Fiscal Insanity’
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin released a scathing statement Wednesday night on his party’s $3.5 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan, asking fellow legislators “how much is enough?” after spending $5.4 trillion since last March.
“Respectfully, as I have said for months, I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March. At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question – how much is enough?” posted Manchin on his Senate website.
“What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity. Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax. Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery. This is the shared reality we all now face, and it is this reality that must shape the future decisions that we, as elected leaders, must make,” he wrote.
“If there is one final lesson that will continue to guide me in this difficult debate ahead it is this: America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America to the next generation,” he concluded.
Read Manchin’s full statement here.
DEMS IMPLODE: Manchin Rips WH for ‘Inexcusable’ Behavior After He Sank ‘Build Back Better’
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin ripped the White House for leaking “inexcusable” material after he effectively sank the President’s $2 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ platform.
“Basically, they retaliated,” the West Virginia Democrat said. “I figured they would come back strong.”
“This is staff. And they drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable,” Manchin said. “And they know what it is. And that’s it.”
“They figured, surely to God we can move one person. We can badger and beat up one person,” Manchin said. “Surely we get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough.”
“This idea that we’re going to refit it to Joe Manchin’s liking, the bill has already been retrofitted to Joe Manchin’s liking,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the ‘Build Back Better’ fiasco. “Let’s make that extremely clear. The climate ambitions have been reduced because of Joe Manchin.”
Read the full report at Fox News.