Manchin (DW.Va.) encouraged the moderates of the House of Representatives and last Wednesday expressed renewed reluctance to price the $ 3.5 trillion spending plan agreed this summer by the Democratic leadership of the Senate and the White House . POLITICO reported last Thursday that Manchin proposed a deal to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in July that would limit the total cost of the legislation to $ 1.5 trillion.
When asked if the progressives of the House of Representatives could stand behind Manchin’s $ 1.5 trillion proposal, Jayapal told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday: “That won’t happen.” to capture our priorities, ”she added, predicting that the final cost of the spending plan would be“ somewhere between $ 1.5 and $ 3.5 ”trillion.
But Jayapal made few other details about the exact number of House progressives that would ultimately be accepted, instead emphasizing that the spending plan debate “was never about price. It’s about what we want to deliver. “
“We don’t think about the number,” she said. “And that’s what the President told us. He said, “Don’t start with the number. Start with what you are for. ‘ And that’s what he asked them to do. And then we come to the number from there. That’s how we think about it. “
On a trip to Capitol Hill on Friday, Biden prepared the House progressives to accept a significantly constrained spending plan that could ultimately cost between $ 1.9 trillion and $ 2.3 trillion. “I wrote the damn bill. … Even with a smaller bill, historical investments can be made – historical investments in childcare, daycare, clean energy. You get a lot of things to do, ”he told the legislature, reported POLITICO.