If the Build Back Better Plan isn’t passed through the Senate, experts believe President Joe Biden will implement the $2 trillion legislation by using executive orders.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Clyde Wayne Crews, a VP for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says that Biden was poised to expand federal regulation if he lost control of the House and Senate.
When former President Barack Obama found himself in a similar predicament, he went at it alone, calling his approach the “pen and a phone.”
Crews told the Examiner that although “Biden and many Democrats” were adamant about protecting democracy, “progressives see themselves as experts.” He added that progressivism was rooted in the rule of experts.
When Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) announced his opposition to his party’s Build Back Better Plan, it was evident that Biden’s $1,2 trillion act would be unsuccessful in the Senate.
Despite this setback, Crews believes that Biden will use the occasion to bring back Obama’s infamous pen and phone, using legislation, infrastructure, and other precedents to implement parts of the Build Back Better Act without Congress.
However, as the Examiner pointed out, executive orders do not hold weight in law.
This doesn’t seem to deter experts like Crews, who have warned that getting rid of programs through executive orders would be more difficult than it was for Biden to stop Trump’s deregulation.
Crews said that while democracy was a barrier to the Biden administration’s objectives, the President would use any thread to “institute policies from the Build Back Better program.”
To elaborate, he drew parallels between the Build Back Better Plan and how Biden had used a 50-year old law to implement mandatory vaccine policies.
He concluded his statements by mentioning how the Biden administration has nearly done away with deregulation and the “deregulatory” designation from past Trump report cards, saying that there was no other reason than malice to eliminate telling the public whether or not a deregulatory.