Momentum growing for narrowing president BidenJoe BidenGOP’s Rice Says Regrets Jan 6 Vote Against Biden Breakthrough Case MORE’s Social Spending And Climate Package As Democrats Seek Way To Pass Senate Bill With Senator Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money – Biden Extends Student Loan Ease Overnight Health Care – FDA Endorses First Pill To Treat COVID-19 Energy & Environment – Proponents seek Plan B climate legislation MORE (DW.Va.) support.
Manchin effectively killed off a much broader bill known as the Build Back Better Act on Sunday by announcing his opposition, leaving the White House and fellow Congressional Democrats deeply disappointed and angry.
Days later, the pain is still stinging, but Democrats are actively looking for solutions that the conservative West Virginia senator, whose vote is a necessity in the 50-50 Senate split equally between the two parties.
Democratic lawmakers, lobbyists and experts at think tanks believe Manchin could be won if the bill is revised to include fewer programs for a longer period of time.
“That’s the way forward here,” said Ben Ritz, director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, who has argued for a bill with fewer items.
“Most of the party is starting to give in to that,” Ritz added.
Some Democrats think their party made a mistake by getting too big in the first place.
Progressives initially pushed a $6 trillion measure before falling back to $3.5 trillion — in part to signal that cut was a concession to their party.
The lower figure also proved too high for Manchin and fellow centrist Democratic Senator Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaTrump’s tax bill reaches four-year anniversary in a safer place Progressives try to regroup after Build Back Better blowup Manchin saved Biden on Build Back Better MORE (D-Ariz.) , however, and the House eventually approved a roughly $2 trillion version of Biden’s spending plan in November, which included a number of key provisions that were temporary. For example, the bill included provisions to extend the increased amount of the child tax credit for one year and to create a universal preschool program for six years.
“To get someone like Manchin, a Democrat who represents a conservative state, to support something, [Democrats] started off on the wrong foot by letting the bill get too high on too many things,” said Tucker Shumack, a director at Ogilvy Government Relations who previously served as aide to former moderate Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Manchin argued that Democrats are not being fair about the cost of the bill as temporary programs are likely to be extended in the future.
“They continue to disguise the real cost of intent behind this bill,” Manchin said in a statement on Sunday, setting out his opposition to the measure.
In his recent comments, Manchin said he couldn’t explain voting for Build Back Better in West Virginia, a former Trump state president Donald TrumpGOP’s Rice says he regrets the Jan. 6 vote against Biden’s election. Jim Jordan says he has “real concerns” with January. 6 panel after sit-down request On The Money – Biden extends student loan waiver MORE double-digit wins twice.
Jorge Castro, co-leader of tax policy at Miller & Chevalier and former associate of former Democratic Senator in West Virginia, Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerHumorless Politics a Sad Sign of Our Time Bottom Line World Health Day: It’s Time to Prevent Combating disease MORE (D), said a more focused bill could help Democrats counter Republican attacks that the bill is a grab bag of spending.
“I think it definitely helps from a messaging perspective,” he said.
Some moderate Democrats have long called for the Build Back Better Act to include fewer items for a longer period of time, emphasizing this idea in the wake of Manchin’s recent comments.
“At the beginning of these negotiations, many months ago, we called for priority to be given to getting a few things right for longer, and we believe that adopting such an approach could be a potential way forward for this legislation. open,” Representative Suzan DelBene Suzan Kay DelBene Democrats Face Hard Choices on Biden Plan After Manchin Setback The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by National Industries for the Blind – Manchin Says No; White House fires back Manchin undermines Biden, leaving his agenda in limbo. MORE (D-Wash.) chairman of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, said in a statement Sunday.
White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain tweeted a link to DelBene’s statement, saying that the administration has done “everything @RepDelBene and the House New Dem Coalition have done to advance Build Back Better and the President’s agenda” appreciates!
Progressive legislators are in favor of including more items in the bill, even if that means some programs are temporary. But they recognize that some items may need to be removed from the package in subsequent negotiations.
In a statement on Wednesday, Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOn The Money – Biden Extends Student Grant Jayapal Explains ‘Government Approach’ To Biden Agenda The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by National Industries for the Blind – Biden Calls For ommicron concern, but don’t panic. MORE (D-Wash.) said cuts should be as minimal as possible.
“In Congress, we will continue to prioritize a legislative path for Build Back Better, aimed at adopting the current text of the legislation passed by the House, and preserving as much as possible — but no less than the elements in the negotiated framework by the President and pledged several months ago by Senators Manchin and Sinema,” said Jayapal.
It is not certain which items of the bill passed by the House would end up in a narrower bill and which exactly would be left out.
The New Democrat Coalition listed as top priorities in their statement the expanded child tax credit, building on ObamaCare and tackling climate change. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden Ronald (Ron) Lee Wyden FBI infiltrated Portland racial justice protests: The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden delivers omicron update for the holiday Democrats face tough choices over Biden’s plan after setback from Manchin MORE (D-Ore.) also made reference to those items in a statement on Sunday.
Manchin has expressed concerns about including Medicare expansion and paid family leave in the spending package, suggesting these items may not end up in a package with fewer content areas.
The extended child tax credit may prove challenging to include in a compromise with Manchin. The West Virginia senator has expressed a desire that income limits on the credit be lowered and that there be job requirements associated with the credit.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Manchin made the White House a $1.8 trillion proposal last week that includes 10-year universal kindergarten, ObamaCare expansion and climate spending, but not the expanded child tax credit. Neither Manchin’s office nor the White House have publicly confirmed the report.
Ritz said it’s possible Manchin and other Democrats can reach a compromise on the child tax credit, for example by extending the child tax credit more to target younger children or by lowering the income level where extended credit begins to decline. .
He also said that even if a bill didn’t include expanding the expanded child tax credit, a package that included other items like universal kindergarten, ObamaCare expansion, climate finance and affordable housing investment would still be transformative.
“You put that together with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and that makes Biden the most transformative president since LBJ,” he said.