- Progressive continues to push for a larger infrastructure package for social spending.
- On Twitter, the rep said. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that a $ 1 trillion package is probably not enough to matter.
- The intra-Democrats are arguing over the size and scope of an infrastructure package that already torpedoed one vote.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez again makes it clear that progressives will go big with social infrastructure spending, even in the midst of setbacks from the party’s moderate wing.
On Twitter, she wrote that a $ 1 trillion bill would cost about $ 100 billion each year.
“It’s the annual budget for NYC alone, but spread thinly for everyone in the United States. Do you think that’s enough to make an impact? To be widely felt in people’s lives? It’s not. Adequacy is the absolute minimum,” he said. wrote Ocasio-Cortez, implying that $ 1 trillion falls below her acceptable minimum.
—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 4, 2021
New York City’s latest budget was actually just shy of $ 100 billion, according to The City.
Infrastructure negotiations are currently in a stalemate as Democrats find out how much they are willing to spend on social spending on the party, in addition to the $ 2 billion package. It has already been passed by the Senate, which means it just has to pass Parliament. Faced with a unified Republican opposition to the second measure, Democrats are debating a $ 3.5 trillion party line that could be cut to two-thirds in size.
For months, in-house progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez, have stressed that they will only vote for a two-party infrastructure package if it moves in line with the larger social package, which includes major progressive priorities such as affordable childcare, climate spending and a Medicare extension.
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to cast an unrelated vote on the two-party package, progressives withdrew. Ocasio-Cortez said she would not vote for it unless given “new information.” Senator Bernie Sanders urged House Progressives to vote it down, “until Congress adopts a strong reconciliation proposal.”
In the end, the vote on the two-party package was delayed. President Joe Biden stepped in and supported the progressives’ desire to move the two bills at the same time – while proposing a smaller price of $ 2 trillion. On Monday, Biden aimed at the key moderates Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who have both attracted anger for pushing back against the size of that party package for social spending.
For example, just months ago, Manchin said he would be willing to spend up to $ 4 trillion on an infrastructure package. Now his top line is $ 1.5 trillion.
Even $ 3.5 trillion is lower than some progressive Democrats wanted. Sanders drafted a $ 6 trillion proposal; Ocasio-Cortez has said she wants $ 10 trillion. Either way, it seems that progressives will continue to fight for as much spending as they can.
“We welcome the entire ruling class in this country,” Sanders told ABC’s This Week about the $ 3.5 trillion package. “Right now, the drug companies … the health insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry are spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars on preventing us from doing what the American people want. And it’s really a test of whether American democracy can work or not.”