Indian-American lawmakers Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna meet President Biden on progressive agenda

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 20-10-2021 05:35 IST | Created: 20-10-2021 05:35 IST
Indian-American lawmakers Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna meet President Biden on progressive agenda
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Indian-American Democratic lawmakers Pramila Jayapal and Ro Khanna have met US President Joe Biden along with their other Congressional colleagues on the progressive agenda amidst attempts to pass the Build Back Better plan, which would include changes to the social safety net and major investments in climate and education.

According to the White House, the Build Back Better Agenda is an ambitious plan to create jobs, cut taxes and lower costs for working families – all paid for by making the tax code fairer and making the wealthiest and large corporations pay their fair share.

Jayapal, who heads the Progressive Caucus, described the meeting with President Biden as thoughtful and conversational listening sessions.

“The president is the inspirer, he is the closer, he is the convincer, the mediator in chief. He really is doing a phenomenal job. We are feeling good,'' she told reporters at the White House after the meeting on Tuesday.

Jayapal said that progressives winnowed down their demands to five priorities and believed most would get into the Build Back Better Act.

“I think the president has been working incredibly hard to get everybody to a place where we can move this forward and finish this process so that we can start on whatever is the next important thing that we need to do so,” she said.

Jayapal said the president has been consistent about his bottom-line numbers: USD 1.9-USD 2.2 trillion.

“It’s not the number that we want. We have consistently tried to make it as high as possible. President has agreed with our strategy,” she said, adding that one of the most challenging places for their caucus is emissions reductions.

“The president has been nothing but respectful of all that we're trying to accomplish, all that he's trying to accomplish in his Build Back Better Agenda, and these conversations have been really great. They're really conversational…,” Jayapal said.

Asked whether they could meet the accelerated deadline by Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer, she said: “We are all working as hard as we can. I mean all of us are having a million conversations every day to try to get there.” In a statement, Congressman Khanna said he was glad to meet with President Biden at the White House to discuss a path forward on the Build Back Better Act.

“In the meeting, the president outlined an inspiring framework for the bill that includes progressive priorities like universal pre-K, climate action, and an expanded Child Tax Credit.

“It is incredibly important that Democrats get behind the president's agenda and come together to deliver this win for the American people. The well-being of millions of Americans is at stake and the world is watching,” Khanna said.

The three-time lawmaker is Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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