October 3 (WNN) — Progressive Democrats in Congress were optimistic on Sunday about the prospect of passing both a comprehensive infrastructure bill and a social benefit measure, despite ongoing pushback from liberals.
Congress Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash, Told MSNBC The Sunday Show Asked about the prospect of passing a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion social benefits package, with Jonathan Capehart saying “we’re going to do it all” Democrats are expected to move forward using the reconciliation process.
“Every single member of my caucus has said, we’re going to vote for that bill until we get a reconciliation bill that has the rest of the very important priorities that the president set out,” she said.
Jayapal’s remarks came after Congress failed to take a vote on the measures, initially scheduled for early last week, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Saturday set a new deadline of October 31.
Sen. Kirsten Cinemas, D-Ariz., who along with Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V.A. has opposed the social benefits package, criticized Congress’s failure to vote on the infrastructure bill, calling it “deeply disappointing.” a statement on Saturday.
“Arizonians, and all everyday Americans, expect their lawmakers to consider the law on merit rather than hindering new jobs and critical infrastructure investment for no sound reason,” she wrote. “What Americans see instead is an ineffective stunt to leverage on a different proposition.”
Munchkin has said he would only support a price tag of up to $1.5 trillion for the social spending bill.
All 50 Democratic senators must vote in favor of the social spending measure so Congress can pass it through conciliation and avoid a Republican filibuster.
President Joe Biden said Saturday that there was “no reason” why both bills could not pass, and Progressive Representative Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said. Fox News Sunday He believes the president will be able to negotiate a deal.
“What I have consistently said, what most progressive people have said, is that we want to do what the President wants,” Khanna said. “And I think the House Moderate thought, ‘Joe Biden is a moderate, he agrees with us.’ In fact, this time they didn’t. They agreed that we need both the bills.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, told NBC News. meet the Press He believed Congress would pass both laws, adding the timeline was not important.
“There is a strong feeling on the part of many of us that if you pass the Infrastructure Bill – which is a good bill, I voted for it – then we will not be able to reach the bill that really working families want. That, in the end, demands that the richest people in this country start paying their fair share of taxes.”