Rep. Jayapal: $1.5 Trillion Budget Bill Is ‘Too Small to Get Our Priorities In’Epoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.) said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)’s proposal the reconciliation bill be worth $1.5 trillion is too small, and left-wing members of the Democratic Party won’t support it. Over the past several days, infighting has escalated between progressive and moderate Democrats over the cost of the budget reconciliation bill, which includes a bevy of climate programs and social welfare initiatives. Manchin has long argued that the bill is too expensive and would likely trigger yet another spike in inflation. “We don’t know what the number is. There’s no number on the table yet [that everyone’s] agreed to,” Jayapal told CNN on Sunday. I don’t feel the need to give a number. I gave a number it was 3.5 [trillion]. If you are in a negotiation, you need to have a counteroffer before you bid at yourself,” she added. When asked about whether the Manchin proposal of $1.5 trillion is acceptable, Jayapal—who represents …Read More

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