Politics Sen. Bernie Sanders remains firm on $3.5 trillion price tag despite grumbles from Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema
Biden's $3.5 trillion economic plans could see big cuts as moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema doubles down in opposition to cost
The plan could pave the way for Medicare's expansion, initiatives to combat the climate crisis, and set up tuition-free community college. "Proceedings in the U.S. House will have no impact on Kyrsten's views about what is best for our country - including the fact that she will not support a budget reconciliation bill that costs $3.5 trillion," Sinema spokesperson John LaBombard told Politico.Her opposition could force Democrats to pursue big cuts to get Sinema's vote, a critical one in the 50-50 Senate.
- During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sen. Bernie Sanders defended the $3.5 trillion spending bill.
- In recent days, Sens. Manchin and Sinema have doubled down on their opposition to the figure.
- "It's gonna be $3.5 trillion. That's the compromise that's already been made," Sanders said on CNN.
Sen. Bernie Sanders remained firm on the Democrats' proposedtied to budget reconciliation, during a CNN interview on Tuesday.
Manchin, Sanders set for clash over Biden spending package
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are hurtling toward a showdown over President Biden's $3.5 trillion spending plan, as they draw red lines around their legislative priorities.The two veteran lawmakers are at opposite ends of the Senate Democratic caucus, with no close working relationship and some high-profile public splits in their past.But the White House and Democratic leaders will need to figure out a way to bring them together, and satisfy their contradictory demands, or suffer a massive defeat of the party's top goals."They really do mirror each other in terms of representing different ends of the Democratic coalition. ...
"It will be $3.5 trillion. I already compromised... most of the members of the caucus wanted $6 trillion, which is a more adequate number," Sanders told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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"How will the final figure be decided?" Cooper asked Sanders.
"It's gonna be $3.5 trillion. That's the compromise that's already been made," Sanders responded. The cost amounts to $3.5 trillion over 10 years.
Earlier in the day,that Democrats are considering to access expanded Medicare benefits that could form a major part of that spending plan.
Sanders' defense of the bill comes as Sens. Kirsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have doubled down on their opposition to the figure in recent weeks.
Manchin accuses fellow Dem AOC of using 'awful' words that 'divide'
Manchin appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday to explain his concerns with Biden's $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending, saying he won't support even half that amount. After Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat whose vote is crucial in the evenly divided Senate, first aired his concerns in an op-ed last week, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter claiming that her fellow Democrat was 'killing people' with his objections.'Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called 'bipartisan' fossil fuel bills,' the New York Democrat wrote.
On Tuesday, Manchinwith a child tax credit provision include in the social spending package, arguing that recipients should have to work and file taxes in order to receive advance payments. And in late August, Sinema her opposition to the price tag.
Every one of the 50 Senate Democrats would have to support the bill, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris's tie-breaking vote, in order to get it to Biden's desk.
McConnell Talks About Taking Down Biden’s Agenda—Manchin and the Moderates Are Doing It .
The centrists have betrayed us. This week, President Joe Biden saw his grand infrastructure bargain lurch closer to political oblivion after Sen. Joe Manchin urged Biden to slam the brakes on the $3.5 trillion party-line portion of the package until 2022. If that news didn’t cause migraines in the West Wing, Biden also received a kick to the teeth from Arizona Senator and pharmaceutical industry darling Kyrsten Sinema, who told the White House to kick sand on its nearly yearlong effort to lower prescription drug prices.