Joe Biden’s spending proposals may crash due to not being insane enough for the House Progressive Caucus. The progressives are showing that they are so far out that they are willing to destroy the entire Democrat spending plan to score some political points.
Biden’s package promising an utterly unprecedented expansion in the size and scope of federal government spending centers around a two-part plan made up of two bills.
A first bill, which includes a comparatively modest $1.2 trillion in spending on mostly traditional infrastructure projects, was passed by the Senate as a bipartisan measure, with 19 Republican senators joining every Democrat to provide a margin that exceeded the 60 votes required to defeat a Senate filibuster.
The second bill contemplates at least $3.5 trillion that uses “infrastructure” terminology to cover the leftist wishlist of new programs, agencies, and the “Green New Deal” all wrapped up in one monstrous package.
The House has not voted yet on either part of the Biden plan.
The Senate has not taken up the massive $3.5 trillion bill and will only be passed by using budget reconciliation rules, which bypasses the filibuster rule.
The bill will have no Republican support in the Senate and must have the vote of all 50 Democrat senators plus a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris to move forward. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have publicly expressed hesitancy about supporting the reconciliation bill.
Progressive Caucus member Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told CNN on Tuesday that the caucus is willing to kill the bipartisan bill if they cannot get further concessions on the reconciliation bill. She later told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that leadership could “try us” on whether they are serious about voting against the smaller bill.
If both bills end up failing in the House or the Senate, Biden will find himself back at the drawing board with his promise to be America’s “most progressive president” in history. Whether that would make the House Progressive Caucus happy or not, it would at least give America a reprieve as next year’s midterm elections continue to approach.