“We need some precision here,” Sanders said, addressing the West Virginia Sen at a news conference directly. Joe Manchin’s opposition to President Joe Biden’s proposal. “It’s not good enough to be vague. Do you want to spend time caring for children? How much do you want to spend on child care? Do you want to cut the climate? Climate cut. How much do you want to do? “
The senators, who have chaired the Senate Budget Committee and played a central role in drafting the bill, have said the same thing to Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.), Who is fiercely opposed to the president’s agenda and more elusive than Manchin.
The Build Back Better Agenda is a comprehensive social welfare and infrastructure proposal that will invest in child care, among other things, create a national paid holiday program, reduce drug prices, free community colleges, invest in affordable housing and build the country’s energy by 2035. Carbon-neutral sector. The Biden administration has proposed 3.5 3.5 trillion to spend more than 10 years, a partial offset of taxes on corporations and the rich.
After weeks of roundtable discussions that did not bring Democrats very close to the actual bill, Sanders took his allegations to the media with his colleagues on Wednesday.
“It’s wrong, it’s not really the right game, one or two people think that the 48 members of the Democratic Caucus should be able to stop what the American people want,” Sanders said.
The basic premise of the Vermont senator is that he, even as a member of the leadership, does not know what the two moderate senators want in and out of the reconciliation bill. Sanders said personal discussions are underway with Manchin, Cinema and the larger Democratic Caucus.
Manchin jumped on the bandwagon last week on the notion that he was not clear enough about his claim. He gave Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer a detailed outline of his policy choices over the summer, saying he would support a 1.5 trillion package. That outline calls for changes to the new spending program’s financing, spending caps and some Trump-era tax cuts.
Still, that outline left much of Biden’s program incomplete.
Cinema, meanwhile, refuses to speak openly with the media and says he will not discuss it publicly.
“Senator Cinema’s position was that he doesn’t ‘discuss’ in public – I don’t know what that means,” Sanders said. “What I’ve heard, and I don’t know if it’s true – it’s a problem – I’ve heard that he’s opposed to taking the price of Medicare prescription drugs … I’ve heard he’s opposed to asking the rich, and the big corporations are paying their fair share. That’s what I heard. I could be wrong. “
Democratic leaders set a new deadline for finalizing the reconciliation bill by the end of October. The White House has been increasingly involved in the talks, with President Manchin and Cinema meeting separately with a larger group of Democrats as well. White House advisers are also pushing inside and outside the congressional office to reach a kind of sens reduction.
But, from Sanders’ press conference, it seems nothing has been decided yet. And the issue is not just in the Senate. In the House, the fragile majority of Democrats means House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Must also bring together the most progressive and moderate lawmakers.