House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is working hard to pass trillions of dollars in new spending initiatives as part of President Joe Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” agenda.
“A time of intensity”
On Saturday, Pelosi sent a letter to members of her caucus in which she warned that the coming days will be marked by “a time of intensity.”
“The Build Back Better Act is a jobs bill for the future: addressing the empowerment of women in the workplace and creating good-paying green jobs by tackling the climate crisis,” Pelosi insisted in the letter, which was shared by her office.
“The jobs initiatives relating to child care, home health care, paid family and medical leave, universal pre-K and more are transformative,” the speaker continued.
The Democrat went on to claim that the legislation would benefit middle-class families by “making health care costs and prescription drug prices more affordable.”
However, there remain sharp divisions among House Democrats on the legislation. Breitbart has reported that Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington has warned that she and other far-left representatives will sink the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure package if it is passed before the larger, more comprehensive spending bill.
Manchin remains opposed
Even if Pelosi manages to successfully carry the $3.5 trillion initiative through the House, it appears that major obstacles also exist in the Senate.
According to Axios, Biden tried and failed this weekend to garner support for the measure from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D). Considered to be a moderate, Manchin has expressed fears that such a huge spending spike could exacerbate inflation.
“The nation faces an unprecedented array of challenges and will inevitably encounter additional crises in the future,” Manchin wrote earlier this month in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.
“Yet some in Congress have a strange belief there is an infinite supply of money to deal with any current or future crisis, and that spending trillions upon trillions will have no negative consequence for the future,” he added. “I disagree.”
Manchin’s opposition could be fatal, given that Democrats and Republicans have equal numbers in the Senate, leaving Vice President Kamala Harris to cast tie-breaking votes. All in all, things don’t look good for Pelosi and co. — and there’s still more than a year to go till midterms.