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The Fate Of Biden's Build Back Better Agenda Lies In The Hands Of Democrats Bankrolled By Corporate Donors

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Press Conference on the State of the US Economy and Jobs in Wilmington, DE on September 4, 2020.

On this edition of Your Call, we get an update on the $1.85 climate change and social safety net bill, which House Democrats are set to vote on this week. After months of negotiations, Senator Joe Manchin is now threatening to derail the entire package, saying he won't sign off on the framework.

Paid family leave, paid medical leave, and the federal government's ability to negotiate drug prices for those on Medicare have been removed from the bill, but Senators Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand are working to restore those provisions. Climate policies, universal pre-K, and expanding the child tax credit are still included.

Not one Republican supports this bill.


David Sirota founder of The Daily Poster, columnist at Jacobin Magazine and The Guardian, co-producer of the upcoming Netflix film Don’t Look Up, and host of the new podcast Meltdown, which explores how the 2008 financial crisis happened

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The Daily Poster, David Sirota: Democrats' Betrayals Are Jeopardizing American Democracy

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.