Congress Progressive Caucus president calls Dem Party ‘unfortunate’
Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said on Sunday that Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget would be reconciled. bill “It’s never been about the price tag” but the $1.5 trillion topline price suggested by moderates in the party “is not going to happen.”
Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “a small group of people” in her party, meaning liberals such as Sen. The agenda has been derailed. The trillion budget reconciliation bill is different from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
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Progressives like Jayapal want the two bills to go ahead together and have vowed to vote against the smaller bill if they don’t. Manchin and others have vowed to vote against the reconciliation bill if the price is not brought down.
Jaipal described the Democratic Party as “unfortunate”.
“We’ve said from the beginning that it’s never been about the price, it’s about what we want to deliver – the price tag comes out of that,” she said. “The important thing is, let’s get our priorities down and then we’ll figure out what it really costs. … We’re not thinking about numbers.”
Jayapal said a deal could include funding all the social programs progressives want, such as child tax credits and paid family leave, but for a shorter period of time.
“Our idea now is to see how you fund them for a little bit less time,” she said.
Jayapal said the carbon emissions-cutting programs in the bill are non-negotiable and that he would explicitly vote against anything containing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funds from being used for abortion services. Munchkin has stated that the bill is “dead on arrival” if the Hyde Amendment is not included.
Munchkin also said that his top price tag for the reconciliation bill is $1.5 trillion.
“Well, that’s not going to happen,” replied Jaipal. “Because it’s too small to achieve our priorities. So, it’s going to be somewhere between $1.5 and $3.5 trillion.”
The Congresswoman said she did not yet have a “counter offer”, adding that “this is just the beginning of talks.”