Democrats craft new plan to tax billionaires and corporate giants
New York Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was trying to align support, including from Mr Manchin, to strengthen a provision on federally paid family and medical leave that had been reduced to just four weeks instead of 12.
Georgia Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock has threatened to withdraw his support for the bill if, as expected, he drops a provision that would expand health coverage for the working poor in a dozen states like his that have refused to expand Medicaid as part of affordable care. Act.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont was still furious at the refusal of a handful of Democrats to give Medicare broad powers to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs.
But overall, Liberal Democrats were trying to make their peace with a simplified bill that would turn a once-broad vision of social transformation into a series of short-term measures – many of which would expire under a Republican Congress if history holds and the president’s party loses seats in the middle of next year.
“I’d rather we put programs out there, and if people like them then we should sue them as a government, and if for some reason they’re not popular, well, that also helps take some decisions, “said the representative. Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin and leader of the Progressive House Democrats.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, Washington Democrat and leader of the Progressive Caucus, made a pragmatic note: it is not. We need 100 percent of us.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, admitted that the package would not contain everything Mr Biden wanted, but, she said, “The alternative to what is being negotiated is not the original package; it’s nothing.”