|Today, on President Biden’s 100th day in office, Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement:|
“Today we mark President Biden’s 100th day in office. We, like millions of Americans, applaud the administration’s action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Life is slowly returning to normal. As was noted this week, we are at this point because the president resisted the temptation to water down relief just because Republicans wanted to. That instinct will be important moving forward.
“Last night, the president outlined a fairly aggressive agenda for the next phase of his tenure. He called on Congress to pass the PRO Act, establish a $15 minimum wage, grant a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans, and enact long-overdue policing reform. The president knows the Senate’s filibuster—which he acknowledged is a relic of Jim Crow—stands in the way of most, if not all, of this.
“There are fewer than 50 legislative days left in the Senate between now and August, which both Leader Schumer and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain have cited as the deadline for passing the For the People Act, which will inevitably require filibuster reform. If Biden wants his presidency to be as consequential as he’s said, the choice of what happens next is up to him. He can help breathe new life into the Senate and turn his rhetoric into legislative victories, or he can watch as Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans routinely snuff out any legacy he hopes to build.”