Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley stated that if the $1 trillion infrastructure bill is passed before the House of Representatives today, and there is no guarantee that the $3.5 trillion social expenditure bill will also be passed, she will vote “no.”
The 3.5 trillion-dollar package, however, is in jeopardy because a centrist Senate Democrat called this spending spree “fiscal madness” Wednesday.
Presley and the Progressive Caucus members continued to push for these massive bills. On Thursday, the Massachusetts congresswoman was questioned about her vote on the $1 billion infrastructure spending bill.
Presley declared on WBUR that she would vote against the bill. “In the end, I will vote against Roads and Bridges Act to insist on another bill being completed. We need both… I won’t work with union workers to build roads or protect our babies. Choose between the existence and livelihood of the childcare worker.
She said, “It was a bad choice.” “While the Democratic Party holds power, we don’t need to give in to these wrong choices. This is the president’s agenda. This is the agenda of the people. People who are progressive are working hard to finish this work for the people.
Presley stated that both bills must be passed simultaneously.
She stated that the agreement brings together these two bills and she will not accept anything that doesn’t guarantee passage of the “Better Rebuild Act”. “We always affirm that, so it’s impossible to move the goalposts here.”
Biden was determined Wednesday to make an agreement with the two Democratic senators who were hesitant about agreeing to reduce his $3.5 trillion measure, which would be unsupported without their support.
Biden continued negotiations with the Democrats, despite opposition from Republicans. The aides travelled to Capitol Hill for negotiations. Later that day Nancy Pelosi, House speaker, and Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, went to the White House to meet Biden.
The President plans to increase taxes on wealthy businesses and use the money to expand government programs such as education, healthcare, and education.
But West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said on Wednesday night, “Since March last year, we have spent 5.4 trillion US dollars, and he can no longer support 3.5 trillion US dollars in expenditure.”
“I made it clear to the president and the leaders of the Democratic Party that when we can’t even pay for basic social programs such as Social Security and Medicare, spending trillions of dollars on new and expanded government programs is the definition of fiscal madness,” Manchin said, adding that later, “I can’t – and won’t – support trillions of dollars in spending, or an all-or-nothing approach that ignores the cruel fiscal reality that our country faces.”
This report was based on the Herald Telegram service.