‘The number is the number’, Pelosi says of the $3.5 trillion bill

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The leader of the nearly 100-member Congressional Progressive Caucus made clear Tuesday that she’s not willing to accept cuts to Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation proposal, a sweeping climate and social spending package that conservative members of the party are currently attempting to scale back.

“There is no flexibility on the price tag, and it’s not because I care about what the top line is,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the CPC, told the Washington Post. “It’s because I care about delivering on these benefits.”

Jayapal went on to warn that approving a watered-down version of the popular proposal—which includes Medicare expansion, paid family and medical leave, immigration reform, and major investments in green energy—could have disastrous electoral consequences for Democrats, who are clinging to vanishingly narrow majorities in the House and Senate ahead of the 2022 midterms.


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