Far left progressives remain silent about what they want to see in the Democrats' new reconciliation package and are giving a voice to House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden.
The usual suspects, including "Squad" members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Cori Bush (D-MO.)) And the chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus, Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), calling for several provisions to be included in the bill.
Some of the items mentioned by the signatories of a letter to Pelosi are $ 250 billion in funding climate and environmental justice for local governments and $ 1 trillion in "Building Public Renewable Energy with Union Work".
11 progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, in a new letter first received from CBS, call for various provisions including "$ 250 billion in climate and environmental justice funding for local governments" and $ 1 trillion in "building public renewables." with union work ”. t.co/sMy5IDPIMK
– Axios (@axios) July 9, 2021
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Progressive Spending vs. Current Bill
Late last month, a bipartisan group of senators agreed on a total cost of around $ 1 trillion over five years, with $ 579 billion to be used specifically for "traditional" infrastructure such as roads, bridges, airports, transportation and broadband.
But that doesn't go far enough for the progressives. Outlined in the letter to Speaker Pelosi, the progressive wish list looks something like this:
US $ 600 billion to expand public transportation, rail passenger transportation, and active transportation, and rapidly electrify the transportation sector
$ 600 billion for public housing and public schools
132 billion US dollars for a "civilian climate corps"
Cut public money to subsidize fossil fuels
We must not allow corporations and lobbyists to force us to exacerbate the climate crisis with natural gas or fossil fuels.
We have the chance to create a thriving economy based on clean jobs – but only with a reconciliation package that does justice to the scale of this crisis.
– Progressive Caucus (@USProgressives) July 5, 2021
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What happens next
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has stated that Senators should plan night work, weekends and possibly at least part of the August break in Washington.
But Schumer seems to have to play both sides of the fence. While he says the intent is to pass the bipartisan law, there are plenty of Democrats out there wanting to enforce a reconciliation law just for Democrats.
The reconciliation would allow Democrats to pass massive spending without GOP votes.
With a 50-50 split in the Senate, the Democrats cannot lose a single vote on reconciliation. However, 11 Republican senators have signed the bill that will ensure passage with all 50 Democrats.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has not yet said whether he will support the bill.
The recent historic heat waves have literally dented roads, melted power cables and cut our electricity.
Climate protection is infrastructure – and we cannot wait any longer to tackle it to the extent necessary. Https://t.co/j9prZumJUG
– Representative Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) July 8, 2021
Democratic power struggles could be a problem
Democrats can depend a lot on whether they get together or not. Those in the middle of the party who think it would be a big deal to bring eleven Republican senators on board are frustrated by the extreme left.
In a Yahoo report, Republican strategist Evan Siegfried believes the Democratic Party's far left may eventually give way. He says if they don't, they could be held responsible for the Democrats losing the House and Senate in 2022.
Siegfried also says that in the end "the democrats of the extreme left elected here must decide whether results and compromises are more important to them or whether they knock and postulate."
The letter from the House Progressives to Nancy Pelosi did not threaten to withhold support for the entire package if the proposed spending is not met.
Why does the President's Infrastructure Initiative have so little infrastructure and so much more progressive free society takeover? https://t.co/qrQXCYgqyi
– James Jay Carafano (@JJCarafano) July 9, 2021
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