We would appear to have the makings of an old-fashioned power struggle going on in the Democrat Party.
Knowing the full $3.5 trillion package would not get through the Senate as is, House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) conceded to cutting the bill down to a “mere” $2 trillion.
She was assuming everyone would be on board, but that is not the case.
You Have Been Warned
Last week, the warning signs were on the table when Rep. Jayapal (D-WA) hinted how she could be talked down off the $3.5 trillion ledge.
She stated that she would go less as long as they funded all the programs, just not for as long.
When she made the statement, I suspected she felt that once the funding was in place, it would be much easier to refund the programs as long as they were being deemed successful.
Pelosi, however, is looking to cut programs, and that is just not sitting well.
Jayapal stated, “We have been told that we can either adequately fund a small number of investments or legislate broadly, but only make a shallow, short-term impact.
“We would argue that this is a false choice.”
My take on that is the progressive Squad has no intention of supporting a smaller bill that cuts out the broader programs, which is a big problem for Pelosi.
Pelosi has only a razor-thin margin in the House right now, and if the entire Squad backs out, this legislation fails.
The kicker for Pelosi is that if progressives cannot get on the same page on this, the smaller bipartisan bill will also fail, having her walk away from the table with nothing.
This legislation is the only hope Democrats have of stopping this massive slide Joe Biden is seeing in the polls, so if Pelosi fails, she has doomed Biden to become a lame-duck after only two years in office.