Wednesday, October 20, 2021

White House: Democrats will be ‘disappointed’ as party scales back Biden agenda

A top White House adviser said Democrats would be disappointed to work to trim party President Joe Biden’s agenda amid party infighting, though he predicted the two key components would be passed in Congress.

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

Late last week, Biden prompted a trip to Capitol Hill over a $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill between liberal and left-wing members of the Democratic Party. However, Biden left the meeting on October 1 and admitted to reporters that no deal was intact.

More moderate Democratic lawmakers have called for an urgent vote on the infrastructure bill passed along bipartisan lines in the House several weeks ago. Progressives have said a deal is needed to pass the first $3.5 trillion measure, which would boost climate initiatives and social welfare programs.

Representative Cedric Richmond
Cedric Richmond speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill on June 17, 2020 in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Richmond acknowledged that the Biden administration is “concerned about delivering” on the agenda and added that Biden “wants both bills and he hopes to get both bills.”

When asked about Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.)’s remarks last week that he would not support a more than $1.5 trillion reconciliation bill, Richmond said that “I would say this administration, we know what we need to do.” We need to work for the American people.”

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“We think we have a unity of purpose with Sen. Manchin,” said Richmond, a former Democrat from the House of Representatives. “That’s what the president does best, and that’s talking to Sen. Manchin and making sure he understands the whole vision of why we need to do this.”

Richmond then argued that the cost of the reconciliation bill would be “zero”, prompting pushback from Fox News host Chris Wallace, who argued that even if more taxes were received from wealthy Americans and corporations, there would still be a cost. is what should be considered.

“At the end of the day it will cost zero because we are going to pay for it,” Richmond said without elaborating. “Now if you go back and look at the Trump tax cuts that weren’t paid for, they cost billions and billions. But we’re going to pay for what we spend here and that includes economic Not including profit and profit we will get from it, but we know what we are doing.

Some analysts, Munchkin, GOP lawmakers and moderate Democrats, have warned that a massive spending package will further drive inflation, which has been denied by Biden and progressives.

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

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