AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris
With narrow majorities in both chambers of Congress and internal divisions threatening to tear the party apart, Democrats have largely failed to pass most of their legislative priorities heading into what looks to be a disastrous midterm cycle. But even with their radical agenda on life support, progressives aren’t giving up on their stated mission to “remake” America. Instead, they’re now hoping to bypass the legislative process entirely by imploring President Joe Biden to implement their policy goals via executive order.
Last Thursday, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its “Recommendations for Executive Action” in a not-so-subtle hint to the Biden administration that Congress is unlikely to move on any other major Democratic priorities before the midterms this November. The 7-page document outlines a slew of recycled policies that had previously been introduced in progressive legislation like the Green New Deal and Biden’s Build Back Better Act.
Among the extraordinarily radical policies outlined in the plan are declaring a “national climate emergency,” invoking the Defense Production Act to force energy companies to focus more on renewables, canceling student debt through executive action, pushing more states and localities to end cash bail, and “decline to prosecute smaller crimes to advance racial and economic justice,” and introducing a mountain of new regulations at the IRS designed to roll back many of the benefits of the Trump 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a telling statement about just how far left the Democratic Party has gone in recent years, CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal insisted that “the focus here was not necessarily to put out every fabulous idea that the progressive movement has but really to focus on things that we think are doable.” In other words, progressives have now become so detached from reality that they think letting more criminals back onto the streets during an ongoing crime wave and attacking the energy industry even as gas prices are at all-time highs are some of the least extreme policies they have in their portfolio.
“This isn’t about abandoning the legislative path,” Jayapal insisted. But that pledge rings hollow given that Democrats are widely viewed as likely to lose control of Congress this fall. Rather, the move comes across as a desperate last-ditch attempt by Democrats to enact some of their agenda before it’s too late.
That strategy is particularly concerning from a legal standpoint, as many of the policies the CPC asked Biden to enact are likely to be in violation of federal law. For example, the plan calls on Biden to “end the use of Remain in Mexico (MPP) and Title 42 expulsions,” even though a federal judge has already ordered Biden to keep Remain in Mexico in place after he tried to rescind it last year.
But elected Democrats have appeared generally unconcerned with the legality and Constitutionality of their various proposals, content with the fact that the policies could remain in place at least until a court has time to review them and strike them down. When asked about potential challenges by the Supreme Court, Rep. Cori Bush, a leading member of the CPC, said only, “We have to be able to move forward with some of these things.” Rep. Mark Pocan, another CPC member, similarly shrugged off questions surrounding the lawfulness of the proposals, saying, “We’re just encouraging the President.”
Democrats and the Biden administration may also be hopeful that the courts will uphold potential Biden executive orders in spite of the legal issues they present, emboldened by a number of rulings in recent years that backed legally dubious policies for non-legal reasons. Republicans will undoubtedly recall the controversial 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2020 upholding the Obama DACA and DREAMers programs on the grounds that “people rely on them” rather than any legal justification. If Biden can implement similar policies that people come to “rely” on, no matter their legality, Democrats have a precedent to expect more favorable decisions from the High Court, even one that is controlled by conservatives.
Perhaps unintentionally, some of the things the CPC chose to include in the document also raise questions about whether Democrats even think the Biden administration is capable of acting on them. One of the first sections is titled “Decisively End the Global Pandemic.” Do Democrats really think that the Biden team has not been working to accomplish that goal since day one? Or, more likely, do they just think that Biden has done such a poor job that someone else needs to explicitly and publicly tell them how to do it better?
In yet another sign that progressives now completely dominate the Democratic Party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been largely mum on the plan, telling reporters only that “it’s very important for the executive to act if we cannot get legislative action immediately.”
Self-avowed “moderate” Democrats have also been reluctant to criticize the plan. The New Democrat Coalition, which describes itself as “pro-economy” and includes a number of the most vulnerable incumbents facing reelection this fall, declined to either endorse or oppose the CPC document. “We can’t really control what the executive does,” said Rep. Scott Peters, the vice-chair of the coalition. “We can certainly suggest what President Biden should do, but our job is to legislate.”
As many conservative pundits have pointed out, Democrats’ willingness to cede what authority Congress has left to the executive also reeks of hypocrisy given their hysterical response to comparatively moderate executive actions taken by former President Trump.
In 2017, for instance, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said that Trump’s executive orders rolling back Obama’s executive orders – which are by definition unilateral actions taken to direct officials in the executive branch – reflected a “lack of bipartisan cooperation [that] really impedes any good for the country.” Following several executive actions in 2018 aimed at increasing accountability within the executive branch – again clearly within the prerogatives of the Executive Office of the President – 45 Senate Democrats penned a letter to Trump asking him to “cease and desist” from implementing them. Now, those same elected Democrats are poised to stand by and even cheer Biden on if he takes actions that are far beyond his legal authority as president.
Joe Biden now has a choice to make. With his party unlikely to retain control of Congress after November’s elections, the window to pass his agenda via legislation is likely almost closed, leaving executive action as the only recourse to see his progressive vision realized. Yet it was largely due to similarly disastrous executive actions throughout the first two years of his presidency—such as canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, pausing all illegal alien deportations, and forcing radical gender theory on schools—that Biden put both his party and the country in such a dire condition as it is today.
Whether Biden follows through on these demands or not, it’s clear that the progressive left’s grip on the Democratic Party remains as strong as ever, and that the policies set forth in their latest plan will be the blueprint for Democrat governance and candidates for the foreseeable future.
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IMO Biden should not have a right to issue any more executive orders. He’s already caused enough problems with the ones he has issued!
Who elects these imbiciles??
Legality and Constitutionality are repulsive nuisances to anti American, marxist democrats that are beyond anything remotely resembling Our God given Rights and Freedom!
These traitors, haters, divisive failures need to resign and move to another country that practices the stupidity they profess!!!
Just leave Our Country and shut your mouth!
This CPC, communist progressive crap, along with the squad,marxist democrats ,rinos and anyone else who hates and wishes to destroy OUR COUNTRY, must be removed in 2022,2024 and beyond! THROW THEM OUT!
If you hate America,Freedom and the Constitution- LEAVE!
If a free country you can choose Venezuela, Iran,Cuba, North Korea, Russia, China, go for it, you can see anti freedom first hand!
Congressional Progressive Caucus? What’s all this caucus crap? If we are going to have a bunch of caucuses, then abolish the Democrat and Republican parties. Have a Black Caucus, a Hispanic Caucus, a Whatever Caucus, AND DON’T FORGET THE WHITE CAUCUS! The Democratic Caucus and the Republican Caucus have both failed to accomplish anything a Congress is supposed to do in accordance with the Constitution. At least, put a price cap on their Partying expenses, use cheaper wines, liquor, and fancy meals, else make them put on their own tabs. Considering what they have done, or not done, in the past several years also suggests we need to cut their salaries to about a quarter of what the get now, or less. CPC my great aunts fanny!!!
I say FIRE them as traitors!
These are the same people who engineered January 6th. We would be wise to not underestimate them.
Throw them out Tom , they work for You!
That woman is seriously mentally disturbed. She waited anxiously for Burden after his mumble address to the nation just to bask in his glow of incompetance and caress him. She really needs professional help. Burden picks in government pretty much tend to have mental issues.
I fear even if we took the House and Senate back that Republicans will waste the chance to reverse all the damage Burden and the Commicrats have done to the country. I really do hope and pray they get it right the first time though.
Burden better not do what these criminals want him to do in an executive action!
As long as nothing stands in their way they’ll take this country down. We’re a country full of cowards until someone does, and is victorious against them all!
She was born in India, lived part of her life in Singapore, came to America at the age of 16 or so, went to American college, and got a high end job at one of the big banks. Ran for the Seattle City Council, and was the first person pushing for $15.00/hour. After being on the city council ran for Representative from Seattle. There is another of her ilk on the city council. They never return to the country of their birth, just try to change the country they applied for citizenship of. She’s a died in the wool PROGRESSIVE. Being from Seattle should be all the proof anyone needs.
America is a free Country, she can leave and go change India!
Throw them out. They can go to another Country that is not free.
Maybe then they will appreciate what this Great Nation provides!
Quit listening to these failures!
Endless emergency powers are traditionally how democracies fall.
First of all, I wish news and online stop using a Haily Mary pass that is smear on Catholic faith. To answer the article the Dems are desperate to force through their nonsensical ideas at any cost, we should not be fooled. It is obvious the Dems are ruining this country in a mad experiment that’s born to fail. History will judge this period as one of the worst in the history of the USA.
Well the Catholic charities are ONE REASON all of America is being sent millions of illegal aliens. In the Rio Grande Valley, the catholic charities feed, house, and give them $$ and tickets to all of America.
If these women get re-elected we get what we deserve. They are purse communist members and are out to destroy America. The swamp is where they should go and stay.
She’s from Seattle, they will NEVER send her packing.
Yes, and look at the cesspool they’ve turned that place into!
Another like pelosi palace of poop, San Francisco!
How could anyone,even a democrat vote for these LOSERS! Wow , their may be something seriously wrong with anyone who votes for this???
So what’s there like 100 people who support these far left whackos?
The marxist democrat party created these anti Americans and now they think their important – NOT!
Just ignore them, then throw them out!
Democrats putting their lust for power and control on the table! Dictatorial executive orders is what all those leftists shouted Trump was doing but here they are doing just that! Tyranny to America!!! Republicans need to shout this from every area of the media cuz if this country lets any Biden tyrannical order stand – we are NO LONGER A REPUBLIC OR DEMOCRACY but a TYRANNIC DICTORIAL STATE – no better than Iran, North Korea, Cuba or any other tyranny! If we want to preserve our FREEDOM, this CANNOT BE ALLOWED!!!
Which is where the marxist democrat party, the squad and the cpc should go!
Dictatorship, who needs elections. We need an executive order to stop all elections going forward. A National American’s Election Emergency … Instituted until Elections can be guaranteed across all states to allow any person to vote, by mail, drop box or otherwise, regardless of identity.
these far-left radicals have got to be stopped
Gee, ive got a radical idea – why dont we cease and desist in our suicidal practice of importing communists. Oh, of course, its not our right to vet people who want to move here.
Maybe it should be?? Along with border walls and immigration law enforcement!
President Trump was correct on this too!
America First, America Great, America land of the Free!
Democrats admitting what they are attempting is illegal, but doing so until a court can strike it down as illegal. A strategy beyond belief, America must wake up soon as rid our country of these evil people.
Deport that ugly moron to her country of origin where she can cavort with the rest of the cows!SS
All I can say is that the people who live in her district must be really stupid bunch of people, Lying, Hidden, Joe Biden, is smarter than she is!
that she is where she is says it all
She represents crime ridden, drug infested, garbage littered, homeless camp Seattle. The stupid progressive socialist that live there keep voting her in along with the wanna-be dictator governor and do nothing senators. We can’t vote them out.
Just like Nancy pelosi and her poop city!
Oh yes you can, refuse to accept this tiny fraction of whacko!
The majority still thinks their WAY out there and anti American traitors!
impeachment, then trial for treason. enough said