House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows that Republicans are prepared to hold out as long as it takes to see Biden’s agenda flop, and other Democrats know it too. According to a memo from Pelosi, multiple House members have already said they are prepared to make concessions to the GOP in order to squeak Biden’s massive spending bill through.
The Hill reports:
“In order to pass both the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill on time, it is essential that difficult decisions must be made very soon,” Pelosi said in a brief “Dear Colleague” letter.
“Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from Members is to do fewer things well so that we can still have a transformative impact on families in the workplace and responsibly address the climate crisis: a Build Back Better agenda for jobs and the planet For The Children!” she said.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) initially said he wouldn’t support a bill costing more than $1.5 trillion, more than half of what Democrats were originally attempting to pass. He later signaled that he would be open to around $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
Pelosi in Monday night’s letter also referenced an expected House vote late Tuesday on a short-term debt limit deal, saying, “We must lift the debt ceiling and hope that we can have a unanimous Democratic vote and perhaps a bipartisan vote to do so.”
Pelosi didn’t specify what could possibly be dropped from the bill to help it pass. What do you think should be there first to go?