Dem Rep. Clyburn admits Biden’s spending proposal is likely too expensive

Republican lawmakers, as well as a handful of moderate Democrats, have expressed serious concerns about the massive price tag of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better domestic spending proposal.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) might be giving critics even more ammunition with his recent admission that the bill would come at a significant cost to American citizens.

Dem talking points diverge

According to the Washington Examiner, Biden has repeatedly insisted that his proposal would actually cost Americans nothing, most recently declaring during a CNN town hall event that the spending outlined in his plan is already “paid for, every single penny.”

Clyburn appeared to throw cold water on that assertion with his remarks about the responsibility his party has to ensure such a lofty proposal is paid for.

He completely dismissed the notion of funding a $6 trillion plan, which has been suggested by some far-left Democrats.

In fact, he said the “sweet spot” should be somewhere between $1.5 trillion and $3.5 trillion.

Clyburn’s remarks come as centrists and progressives within the party continue to negotiate the size and scope of the president’s spending agenda. While those on the left are hoping to capitalize on the Democratic Party’s narrow majority in Congress by passing a massive bill, moderates are concerned about the debt such a bill would cause.

“It’s an awfully big number”

The South Carolina lawmaker shared his opinion that any of the measures in Biden’s spending proposal could potentially be cut, further suggesting that the “numbers we’ve been belaboring for months now” could be brought down by making some of the provisions short-term instead of long-term.

For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed on Friday that her party is closing in on a deal that both sides of the caucus can agree on, which could signal its passage through both chambers of Congress.

As for how much the bill will cost and what it will include, however, her optimistic remarks included few specifics.

On the other side of the aisle, Republican lawmakers have long balked at the idea of approving such a massive spending bill.

“It’s an awfully big number,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in July. “As we see inflation climbing all across the country, the only approach Democrats have is to spend trillions more.”

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