Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the socialist, is back in the news this week.
With all the maneuvering going on for the infrastructure packages, Sanders is diving back in, saying that $3.5 trillion should be the MINIMUM.
It now sounds as though he will NOT be on board with any deal where Senator Manchin (D-W.V.) gets to set the ceiling.
Here We Go
Sanders does not seem ready to bail on the big number just yet.
During a recent interview, he stated, “The $6 trillion that I originally proposed was probably too little. Three and a half trillion should be a minimum. But I accept that there’s going to have to be give and take.”
He continued, “Poll after poll shows what we are doing is exactly what the American people wants.
“It’s not what the big money interest wants, not what the lobbyist wants. It’s what the American people want.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders tells @jonkarl that the $3.5 trillion budget resolution price tag will likely be lowered.
“The $3.5 trillion should be a minimum, but I accept that there's gonna have to be give and take.” https://t.co/5MGcXtm7a4 pic.twitter.com/efP8oRyu7m
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 3, 2021
Sanders is being a little crafty with his wording, however.
The smaller package has overwhelming support, but the bigger package, well, that is pretty fluid right now.
Most polls have the bigger package a few points above or below water, but even that is starting to trend more toward being underwater.
The problem is most people hear infrastructure and they throw a thumb up in approval.
Now, however, they are realizing the Democrats have redefined infrastructure for this bill and the more they read, the less they like it.
So, I say go ahead, Bernie, throw that $6 trillion bill out there and let’s see how it does.