Sen. Elizabeth Warren is suddenly having a harder time selling her big ideas in the Democratic primary. As president, she'd have an even tougher time convincing Congress — even if Democrats held both chambers, David Nather and Alexi McCammond write.
- Why it matters: Warren wouldn’t have solid Dem support for her biggest ideas, including the wealth tax, Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.
Warren could take some significant things through executive action — including tougher antitrust enforcement to try to break up the Big Tech companies.
- But she'd need Congress for her plans on health care, banking, taxes, student loans and other issues.
Her college debt plan would likely get a major rewrite from fellow Democrats:
- They’re unlikely to go along with a full repeal of the GOP tax cut to set the stage for her corporate profits tax, according to Senate Democratic aides.
- Warren’s answer to that problem is to eliminate the filibuster so Democrats can pass legislation with a simple majority. But she’d have a hard time doing that since some Democrats, like Kyrsten Sinema, say they’d never support it.
What Warren could do on her own:
- She could appoint an aggressive Financial Stability Oversight Council to provide much tougher oversight of America’s biggest banks.
- On insulin, EpiPens, and the anti-inflammatory drug Humira, Warren says she’d be able to reduce the price of some costly drugs and delivery devices through executive actions.
- Warren could effectively decriminalize border crossings, not by changing the law but through instructions from the Justice Department telling federal prosecutors not to prosecute those crimes, Axios’ Stef Kight reports.
The Warren campaign insists she could pass one of her most popular ideas — the wealth tax — through a budget reconciliation process that requires a simple majority vote in the Senate, and that she could use executive action to implement significant changes on health care, gun control and the environment.