Schumer announces ‘framework’ to pay for spending plan, but top Dems say they weren’t told about it

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Warner doesn’t have ‘hazy idea’ about framework, Sanders ‘doesn’t know’ what’s in it

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday what top Democrats prepared as progress on reconciliation and infrastructure talks: an agreement on a “framework” on how to pay for a $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending bill.

But Schumer, D.N.Y., who joined House speaker Nancy Pelosic, D-California gave almost no details on the alleged structure in its weekly press conference. And minutes after the press conference ended, he received backlash from top Democrat senators who had not been read over the alleged agreement.

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“The White House, House and Senate have reached an agreement on a framework that will pay for any final negotiated settlement,” Schumer said in his brief remarks.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was also present, although she did not speak. When pressed on the details of the “framework” and whether any progress has been made on the rest of the Democrats’ agenda, Pelosi had little room to give to the press.

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“The House, Senate and White House reached an agreement on how we can move forward in getting paid for it.” Pelosi said when asked what exactly is in the framework. “We have overwhelming consensus in our caucus as to these priorities, 10-to-1, 20-to-1, a high percentage in the Senate.”

He further described the “framework” as “an array of agreements we have”, while clarifying that “we are finalizing the outlay side.”

Pelosi said the “framework” “wasn’t about the price tag, it’s what’s in the bill.”

Bernie Sanders, I-VT, chairman of the budget committee and one of the most important progressives in Congress, noted within minutes that he had not been included in talks about a deal to pay for the Democrats’ reconciliation bill.

“I don’t know” what’s in the deal, Sanders said. He said he hopes to see what’s in the “framework” soon if one actually exists.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, a Democrat who has been at the center of these talks, said when Schumer announced it, he didn’t even have a “fog idea” of the framework. Politico similarly reported that key medium The Sen. Kirsten Cinema, D-Ariz., was read in no agreement.

Pelosi shrugged herself when asked whether an agreement on the mode of payment of the reconciliation bill could mean Democrats have votes on Monday to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“We take it one day at a time, I believe we will pass it,” she said. Pelosi also clarified that she was not saying that the reconciliation bill would be completed by Monday.

Granthshala News’ Jason Donner contributed to this report.


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