Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has complained that the media isn’t doing a good enough job of “selling” President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, which she has also failed to sell to the Democratic Party.
According to the New York Post, when Pelosi was asked at a recent press conference how Democrats could do better with their messaging, she said, “Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you.”
She continued, “Because every time I come here, I go through the list, family medical leave, climate, the issues that are in there. It is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package. But as we narrow it down and put it out there, I think that — for example, one of the things in the bill is the continuation of the Biden tax credit, the child tax credit that is within the rescue package. That has great appeal. Do people know where it springs from? No, but it is a vast bill. It has a lot in it, and we will have to continue to make sure the public does. But whether they know what or not, they overwhelmingly support it. And by the way, women much more than men.”
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Shortly after the press conference, Jim Jordan, a Republican representative from Ohio, slammed Pelosi and the Democrats, telling Fox News, “They can’t do anything right. I just heard the clip from Nancy Pelosi; they’re so screwed up; they’re blaming their best friends — the mainstream press — so that’s how bad the situation is.”
Jordan also said, “They’re gonna kick it down, kick the can down the road again for about eight weeks, and then we’ll be back on this again.”
The Biden administration has stated several times in recent weeks that the American people favor the budget reconciliation. However, discussions of the bill’s price tag are still ongoing, and specific information on what is included has not yet been made public.
Democrats have been split over the bill’s cost, with the far-left battling moderates.
Progressives like Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York support the current $3.5 trillion top line.
At the same time, moderate Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have pledged not to vote for the bill. Manchin recently said he would be willing to go as high as $1.5 trillion, but Sinema has not stated how far she is willing to go in public. Both Sinema and Manchin have recently been harassed for their opposition to the bill.
Pelosi has claimed that the plan’s $3.5 trillion price figure will not be maintained and called the original bill “transformative,” saying, “We had some important decisions to make in the next few days so that we can proceed. I’m very disappointed that we’re not going with the original $3.5 trillion, which was very transformative, but in whatever we do, we’ll make decisions that will continue to be transformative about women in the workplace.”
Speaker Pelosi confirms IRS monitoring account deposits of $600+ will be in Reconciliation Bill. “Yes there are concerns that some people have but if people are breaking the law & not paying their taxes one way to track them is through the banking measure.”pic.twitter.com/u0kQudp4bV
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Pelosi also maintained her support for a measure in the bill that would force banks to report transactions over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service. In discussing the proposal, which has been widely panned as an invasion of privacy, she stated, “Yes, there are concerns that some people have, but if people are breaking the law and not paying their taxes, one way to track them is through the bank measure. I think 600 — that’s a negotiation that will go on, as to what the amount is, but yes.”