Two Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — have been the most responsible for stalling major portions of President Joe Biden’s agenda.
From the multi-trillion dollar “Build Back Better” plan to the federalization of election laws to codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law, their refusal to back the elimination of the 60-vote filibuster rule has meant that, in a 50-50 Senate, much of Biden’s agenda has become unattainable.
Now, as inflation rages, gas and diesel prices skyrocket, the supply chain crisis continues, and the U.S.-Mexico border remains chaotic — and with the Biden agenda stalled six months out from the midterm elections — the White House is looking to solve the ‘problem’ of Manchin and Sinema with a series of executive orders that includes canceling some student debt, implementing new immigration reforms, and adding some police reforms as well.
However, as Just the News explains, “executive orders are inherently unstable fallback options — vulnerable both to constitutional challenge on separation of powers grounds and executive revocation by a White House successor.”
Last week, outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “There are a range of executive actions we’re currently looking at — right? We’re looking at one on police reform. The president is certainly looking at steps he can take on student debt, and there are others we’re looking at as well.
“But at the same time, we’re also looking to get the Bipartisan Innovation Act through. We’re looking to see what can be done on a range of issues where we feel there is bipartisan support. And we’re continuing to engage closely with Democrats in Congress about a reconciliation package to lower costs for the American people,” she added.
The details of that reconciliation spending package are still not settled, so it’s not clear if it would garner support from Manchin and Sinema, Just the News noted.