House progressives beg Biden to enact parts of $2T spending bill

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The leader of a group of 95 left-wing House Democrats called on President Biden Wednesday to take executive action implementing portions of the $2 trillion Build Back Better Act.

The statement from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) came three days after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he could not support the current version of the massive social and environmental spending bill — which includes free pre-K, the expansion of social safety net programs and tax increases on corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

“In Congress, we will continue to prioritize a legislative path for Build Back Better, focused on taking the current text of the legislation passed by the House, keeping as much of it as possible — but no less than the elements contained in the framework negotiated by the President and committed to by Senators Manchin and [Kyrsten] Sinema…

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