Democrats are caught in a catastrophic political loop


But progressives argue that despite the specter of those actions being reversed, either by a future president or a court order, Biden should continue to issue those orders. “You can’t be too worried about what’s going on,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said. The New Republic. “I think there have been a lot of promises made. The American people are looking to [Biden] lead when Congress is unable to.

Representative Mark Pocan, another member of the Progressive Caucus, acknowledged that executive actions may not be as permanent as passing a bill. “We’re just encouraging the president, since Republicans seem completely reluctant to work with us on almost anything, that the best thing we can do is take some of these ideas to him and then hopefully after November when we will have a Senate with a little more leeway, we can do more,” said Pocan The New Republic, contrary to the conventional wisdom of the pundit class to assume that Democrats would hold control of the House and expand their majority in the Senate. He also scoffed at the idea that Biden should not act if it could be challenged in court.

“So we’re going to say, ‘Do nothing’? I mean, clearly, we want to move forward, we want to show people that we can work for them,” Pocan said. “These are just alternate paths, given how long we’ve been waiting for Build Back Better.”


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