WaPo editorial board scolds progressives amid Dem spending battle: 'Stop demanding' a 'revolution' from Biden

“For a moment, progressives seemed to have a dream opportunity to imprint their vision on the country. Democrats in March muscled through a big covid-19 relief bill on a party-line vote. The party seemed unified enough to leverage its thin majorities, as senior lawmakers prepared infrastructure and social spending bills that would cost trillions,” the editorial board began its piece on Tuesday. “These dreams were never realistic, and they are now evaporating. But many progressives are having trouble accepting this, looking for gimmicky ways to enact broad structural change despite centrists’ objections.”

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The piece insisted “Democrats must cut back their big social spending bill from $ 3.5 trillion to $ 2 trillion or less” in order to meet the “demands of key moderates” and rejected the progressive caucus’ claim that “This is our moment to make the President’s vision a reality” while arguing to maintain the programs in the bill but shorten the period of time they’re funded, writing in a letter “This bill offers us a chance to fundamentally transform the relationship between the American people and their government.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks with reporters after a meeting of the progressive House Democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks with reporters after a meeting of the progressive House Democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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