White House disputes criticism that climate left out of bipartisan infrastructure deal

White House disputes criticism that climate left out of bipartisan infrastructure deal
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The White House on Monday pushed back against critics who say a bipartisan infrastructure deal endorsed by President BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE leaves out bold provisions to address climate change.

“I would dispute the notion that it doesn’t do anything for climate, which some are arguing,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Harris push big lie about Border Patrol 14 Mexican soldiers briefly detained in El Paso Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies MORE said, addressing a protest organized by the Sunrise Movement outside the White House. 

Sunrise Movement protesters outside the White House demanded “no climate, no deal” and the protest was intended to call for an infrastructure package that invests in ways to combat the climate crisis. 

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Democratic Reps. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (N.Y.) spoke at the protest. Activists held signs reading, “Biden you coward fight for us” and “for the water we drink, for the places we call home, and for the people we love.” 

Psaki mentioned that the deal includes investments in addressing legacy pollution, clean energy transmission, and focuses on electric vehicle buses.

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“Whether or not everyone is aware of all those specifics, that’s incumbent on us to keep conveying that, communicating it, listening, and making sure people understand that this is a down payment and the president will continue to advocate for, press for, work for, even more on climate as he will in the reconciliation bill in the process moving forward,” she said.

Progressives have expressed concerns that their priorities like climate change could be left now that Biden and Democratic leadership are pursuing a two-track system to pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal and a separate bill through budget reconciliation rules on Democratic votes alone. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies MORE (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that he will not support the bipartisan infrastructure bill without a reconciliation bill.

“Let me be clear: There will not be a bipartisan infrastructure deal without a reconciliation bill that substantially improves the lives of working families and combats the existential threat of climate change,” Sanders said in a tweet.