Rep Primilla Jayapal says Biden’s reconciliation settlement numbers are ‘very low’
Progressive Representative Pramila Jayapal said she is pushing President Biden to spend $2 trillion instead of the $3 trillion plan she’s proposed to Democrats this week.
Jayapal said in an interview with the Associated Press that she told the president her suggestion for a lower number was “too low” and that she would prefer to be “closer to three”.
The president’s proposed spending plan, which includes expanded child care, health care, education funding and environmental programs, was $3.5 trillion. The president last week suggested turning back some funding to between $1.9 trillion and $2.3 trillion.
Jayapal, D-Wash., however, said she is “not drawing any red lines” in the talks but told the Associated Press that “the president knows” progressive Democrats are pushing for a higher amount.
“I told him straight away, I told his top aides as well, and we’ll continue to figure out where we can go,” Jaipal said.
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He said: “We are fighting for something that will benefit the whole country.”
Reflecting on her previous work as an organizer, Jayapal told the Associated Press that she came to Congress “on the principle of change that if we really want to change politics so that they work for the working people, then We need to organize. Inwardly.”
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He said: “And so that’s what I tried to do.”
Jayapal said he and his Progressive Democratic caucus are “very, very strategic and coordinated” – something he feels “helped us become a force to be reckoned with.”
“It’s something we’ve been working on for a number of years over the past three years, and we’ve made incredible progress,” she said.