Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest $3.5T package may be slimmed

Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest $3.5T package may be slimmed
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Senior House Democrats Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthDemocrats at odds with Manchin over child tax credit provision The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden, Democrats dig into legislative specifics Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE (D-Ky.) suggested on Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE’s $3.5 trillion spending package may be slimmed down, Reuters reported. 

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Yarmuth, chairman of the House Budget Committee, told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation Liz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE that House speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE (D-Calif.) may also delay Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Yarmuth said he expects that the larger social spending bill's top line number "will be somewhat less than $3.5 trillion," breaking with Democrats like Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE (I-Vt.) who insist $3.5 trillion is a floor figure. 

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During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Clyburn told host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJon Stewart: It's a 'mistake' to focus all on Trump Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Buttigieg says supply chain troubles could last into next year MORE that the $3.5 trillion price tag could be lower or stay the same. 

“And so it may be 3.5, it may be close to that or it may be closer to something else. So I think that we are really focused on the American people and think about what it takes to get us in a good place and then let the numbers take care of themselves,” Clyburn said. 

This comes as Democratic lawmakers are pushing toward the Sept 27 deadline to pass Biden’s sweeping spending package. While Clyburn and Yarmuth appear open to a somewhat reduced spending package, there remains a large gap between the party's most conservative members and its progressive wing. 

Moderate Democrats Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal Sunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters MORE (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight MORE (D-Ariz.) have said they will not vote for a $3.5 trillion package, with Manchin suggesting the spending bill should be cut in half.