White House says it will fix ‘glitches’ in Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and address Europe’s worries without Congress

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested on Monday that President Biden would correct “errors” in the Inflation Reduction Act to allay Europe’s concerns without going to Congress.

The comments came in response to a reporter who asked if President Biden planned to issue any administrative orders to replace the IRA in response to criticism of the legislation by French officials over the weekend.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a daily briefing at the White House on Monday, December 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh / AP Newsroom)

Jean-Pierre reiterated his comments last week, saying the Biden administration is working on “a comprehensive consultation with Europe” to fix “glitches” and address their concerns.

“We have no plans to go back to Congress on this. But when it comes to [Europe’s] “We will of course have talks with our European allies,” said Jean-Pierre.


Foreign officials have accused the IRA, adopted in August, of being “protective”. French President Emmanuel Macron, who dined with Biden during a state visit last week, complained that subsidies aimed at promoting semiconductor production for electric vehicles unfairly disadvantaged European leaders.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Macron, Biden acknowledged that $368 billion in spending and tax bills could have “glitches”, but generally defended what the White House saw as his administration’s signature success.

In response to a reporter’s question about the complaints, Biden said, “Look, the US isn’t apologizing for the law you’re talking about, and neither am I apologizing for writing it.”

Biden speaks at the White House

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


“However, there are cases where you write a big piece of legislation – and that’s almost $368 billion for the largest investment in climate change in all history – and so there will clearly be setbacks.”

Chris Pandolfo of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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