President Joe Biden on Friday approved a deal almost demanded by Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) to tackle prescription drug reform and health care subsidies and leave climate change issues to a date later uncertain.
In a statement released by the White House, Biden pledged to address climate change and clean energy through executive action, if Congress does not act legislatively. But he also asked the Senate leadership to pass a narrow bill that “would give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices and prevent higher health insurance premiums for millions of families.” », and to do it before the August holidays.
This deadline is an informal commitment to adopt a package along the lines of what Manchin has requested. The West Virginia Democrat told the party leadership this week that he would not support a larger bill that includes climate provisions and tax increases. He made clear on Friday that he might be able to back those measures, but only after the release of the July inflation report. That would force Congress to wait until after the August recess with lingering uncertainty whether Manchin would even support the final measure.