White House says Biden will fix anti-inflation bill “faults” and address Europe’s concerns without Congress

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested Monday that President Biden would fix “mistakes” in the anti-inflation bill to address European concerns without going before Congress.

The comments came in response to a reporter asking if President Biden planned to issue executive orders to streamline the IRA in response to French officials’ criticism of the legislation over the weekend.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, December 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/AP Newsroom)

Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration is working on “substantive consultation with Europe” to fix “interferences” and address her concerns, echoing comments she made last week.

“We have no plans to return to Congress on this. But when it comes [Europe’s] Of course, if we have concerns, we will hold talks with our European allies,” said Jean-Pierre.

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Foreign officials have accused the IRA, which passed in August, of being “protectionist”. French President Emmanuel Macron, who had dinner with Biden during a state visit last week, has complained that subsidies designed to incentivize semiconductor production for electric vehicles have unfairly disadvantaged European leaders.

At a joint press briefing with Macron, Biden acknowledged that the $368 billion in spending and the tax law may have “flaws” but overall defended what the White House sees as his administration’s outstanding achievement.

“Look, the United States is not apologizing, and I have not been apologizing since I wrote it, for the legislation you’re talking about,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question about the complaints.

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President Joe Biden speaks on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The IRA passed Congress with interparty votes in both houses. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP Newsroom)

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“But there are instances where you write a massive piece of legislation — and that’s nearly $368 billion for the largest climate change investment in all of history — and so obviously there’s going to be errors.”

FOX Business’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

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