Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Representative Jayapal: $1.5 trillion budget bill ‘too small to achieve our priorities’

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.) said Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.)’s proposal for a $1.5 trillion reconciliation bill is too small, and left-wing members of the Democratic Party will not support it.

Over the past several days, infighting has grown between progressive and moderate Democrats over the cost of the budget reconciliation bill, which includes climate programs and social welfare initiatives. Manchin has long argued that the bill is too expensive and is likely to trigger another spike in inflation.

“We don’t know what the number is. There are no numbers on the table yet [that everyone’s] Agreed,” Jaipal told CNN on Sunday. I don’t feel the need to give my number. I gave a number that was 3.5. Was [trillion]. If you’re in talks, you must have a counter offer before you can bid on yourself.”

Asked whether the $1.5 trillion Munchkin proposal is acceptable, Jayapal—who represents Seattle and several other regions—said the measure would not be passed.

“It’s not going to happen because it’s too small to achieve our priorities,” she remarked. “It will be between 1.5 and 3.5, and I think the White House is working on that right now because remember, what we want to deliver is child care, paid leave, and climate change.”

Members of the progressive and socialist “squad” such as Jayapal have insisted that the budget reconciliation bill be passed in the House of Representatives before the Biden-backed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which was approved by the Senate in a bipartisan vote. President Joe Biden met with Democrats members of Congress late last week and promised to pass both measures, but suggested no agreement was upheld.

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“It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter if it’s six minutes, six days or six weeks. We’re going to get it done,” he said.

Jayapal’s remarks come in contrast to claims made by senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond, who said in multiple interview programs Sunday morning that Democrats need to back their agenda.

“People will be disappointed. People won’t get everything they want, that’s the art of law making, but the goal here is to get both bills, and we’re going to fight until we get both bills,” Richmond, White The director of the House Office of Public Engagement, told “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Last week, Munchkin held a press conference and said he does not believe a budget reconciliation bill is needed and suggested he settle with $1.5 trillion.

“I wasn’t trying to be a fly in the ointment. I’ve never been. I’ve never been generous in any way, shape, or form. No one ever thought I was.” Manchin said. “For them to get theirs, I guess, elect more liberals. I am not asking them to change. I minus 1.5. ready to come [trillion]”

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York City.

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