October 21, 2021

Report: Democrats forced to reduce spending bill price tag

A $3.5 trillion Democrat spending plan will likely be lowered as lawmakers continue to disagree on what should be included before a final vote.

The conflict among Democrats has led to gridlock that will force cuts before moving forward. The move has frustrated some progressives, while Senate Democrat holdouts have felt the wrath of party leaders.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has become the most vocal opponent among Democrats in the Senate. He argues the bill’s total is simply too much and that the current bill has no hope of passing.

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has also rejected the $3.5 trillion bill. Montana Democratic Sen. Joe Tester has also noted he won’t support a bill that increases deficit spending.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin noted last week that $3.5 trillion is a “starting point for negotiation,” he said. “It’s not necessarily the endpoint.”

However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pushed to keep the bill and its high price tag, supporting President Joe Biden’s plan.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer agrees, though he would certainly be happy to pass a bill of any notable size in the 50-50 divided senate.

The debate will continue this week, hammering out details to negotiate a spending plan with a chance of making it through both the House and Senate. Yet even a more modest bill may not excite many Americans who are increasingly concerned about growing inflation under Biden.

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