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Bypassing McConnell: Democrats push Biden to aggressively use executive power


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Look at his predecessor," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who led a 263-page Democratic report on climate action, said the president has "enormous power" over the issue, between international accords and within agencies."From Treasury to State to Interior (departments) and the financial regulators, climate action and climate risk management has to be infused into literally everything," he said.Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have pushed for Biden to use his powers under the Higher Education Act to cancel up to $50,000 in debt to federal student loan borrowers.The calls for use of executive power comes as McConnell maintains control of the Senate, at least for now, and it will be a point of contention with moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who have called on Biden to govern through bipartisanship and consensus.Even if Democrats capture both Georgia seats and take control of the Senate, McConnell would retain the power to filibuster legislation and force a 60-vote threshold.

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