At a White House event, Biden reportedly remarked, “With this law, the American people won, and the special interests lost.” Biden appeared to be referring to the pharmaceutical and energy sectors, which opposed the package that Congress approved last week. The IRA permits Medicare to bargain for reduced prescription pricing and contains $369 billion for green energy projects.
People questioned if any of that would actually happen for a long, according to Biden. However, this season is one of substance.
The Build Back Better proposal, a more ambitious and expensive version of the IRA, was the subject of the most uncertainty when discussions about it broke down in the Senate late last year. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a crucial moderate vote, and Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader in the Senate, crafted a deal that incorporated crucial elements of Build Back Better along with $300 billion for deficit reduction.
The job of governing is challenging. It’s slow and frustrating, Biden said in a guest post for Yahoo News. It necessitates giving in. It is difficult to advance in a large and complex country like ours. It has never been.
The president was joined on stage for the signing ceremony by Schumer, Manchin, and Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, a prominent Democrat in the House. Biden gave Manchin the pen he had used to sign the bill after he had done so.
A delighted Manchin revealed that he had thought up the name of the bill the president had just signed into law when speaking to reporters a few minutes later outside the West Wing. On whether the Inflation Reduction Act will assist lower the recent surge in inflation, progressives and conservatives disagree. Although it is unlikely to happen in the near future, cutting the deficit is thought of as a significant objective in and of itself.
Manchin told the media, “This is a terrific day. He appeared to be filled with victory spirit as he stated his desire to move forward with immigration reform (“I’d do it today,” he said), but he also forewarned progressives that he still had his doubts about Build Back Better’s social spending initiatives, which are still important to the Democratic base. His opposition to the Build Back Better legislation had contributed to its defeat.
Tuesday was the climax of Biden’s 18-month campaign to keep Senate centrists Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in line while mediating tensions between progressives and moderates in the House. Biden had earlier participated more actively in the negotiations, but when the Manchin-Schumer agreement’s specifics came to light, he stepped back and let the Senate resolve its own issues.
The president, who served Delaware in the upper house for 36 years, “understood enough, being a former senator,” according to Manchin, “that sometimes you gotta let us do what we have to do.”
Biden just signed the CHIPS and Science Act, which invests $52 billion to bolster the domestic semiconductor industry, the first gun control law since 1994, in addition to the Inflation Reduction Act. He also witnessed the Senate’s confirmation of Steve Dettelbach, his choice to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Since 2015, the organization that upholds current gun restrictions has not had a leader that has been confirmed by the Senate.
In his remarks at the White House before signing the Inflation Reduction Act, Vice President Joe Biden said, “I know there are people here today who hold a dismal and pessimistic perspective of this country.” I don’t belong with them.
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