Asked about the prediction by moderates that the liberals are bluffing, 그녀가 말했다: “잘, I’m happy to show my cards.”
The challenge facing congressional Democratic leaders all along has been whether they can hold together the competing ideological factions within their party to pass both the bipartisan bill and the far more sweeping legislation that Democrats hope to pass on a party line vote using a process known as reconciliation to sidestep the Senate filibuster. The larger package is set to address a wide range of issues from health care to the climate crisis.
To make that strategy work, leadership has been trying to move both priorities in tandem, a goal that looks ever more difficult as major sticking points remain and have yet to be resolved.
동시에, key moderates who are resistant to passing the $ 3.5 trillion passage that liberals want to see enacted are showing no signs of backing down.
West Virginia Sen. 조 만친, an influential moderate who has said he does not support a $ 3.5 trillion price tag, made clear in an interview with CNN on Monday that he wants Democratic leaders to slow things down dramatically.
“You know what I said? I said let’s wait and see whatever we need. We need to have a good idea. The main thing is inflation, if it’s transitory or not, you have a better idea, 알 잖아, once we get into it a little bit longer, but right now inflation is still high, and now we understand that natural gas prices are higher than they’ve ever been, in West Virginia, 너무, and the people who end up paying the highest is the ones that can’t afford it. So we got to worry about all these things,” 그는 말했다.
The West Virginian has floated a potential topline number for the larger package of between $ 1 조 $ 1.5 일조. Manchin again declined to say on Monday whether he’d be willing to go over $ 2 trillion in a total price tag.
Manchin said that his meeting with President Joe Biden last week was “very good,” but wouldn’t say if they were close to a deal. “We’re just still working through everything.”