Dem senators call for Biden ‘unchained’ on climate executive action, despite recent Supreme Court EPA ruling

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jeff Merkley Monday said it’s time for Biden to take massive, unilateral executive actions on climate change, even if it’s likely the Supreme Court will strike down at least some of them as unconstitutional.

The senators said now is the time for Biden to make those moves because Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., last week rejected including any legislation on climate change in a reconciliation bill Democrats want to pass this month.

With a 50-50 Senate, Democrats need Manchin’s assent for anything to pass on party lines – even when using the reconciliation process to avoid the filibuster.

“We have a president who campaigned on climate, who has been chained to the legislative process, thinking about his past as a senator,” Merkley, D-Ore., said. “Now he’s unchained, and he has to go.”

“President Biden is an optimist and a trusting soul and a very patient man,” Whitehouse, D-R.I., said. “That trust has not been rewarded. I believe, I hope, that that patience is exhausted.” – READ MORE