Pelosi says members telling her to do ‘fewer things well’ in spending bill
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Monday that members of the House have told her “overwhelmingly” that they would prefer to do “fewer things well” when it comes to the Democrats’ massive spending plan, indicating that she is preparing to make some concessions in order to pass the package.
“In order to pass both the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill on time, it is essential that difficult decisions must be made very soon,” Pelosi said in a brief “Dear Colleague” letter.
“Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from Members is to do fewer things well so that we can still have a transformative impact on families in the workplace and responsibly address the climate crisis: a Build Back Better agenda for jobs and the planet For The Children!” she said.
It is unclear what measures Pelosi would drop from the bills.
As The New York Times noted, if the funds for certain measures continue to shrink, Democrats will have to begin picking and choosing which social spending measures to prioritize.
For example, if the money dedicated to home health care continues to shrink, then they will have to choose between expanding access to care or raising the wages of caretakers.
Republicans and moderate Democrats have criticized the price tag tied to the bill, which Democrats hope to pass without Republican support through the budget reconciliation process.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) initially said he wouldn’t support a bill costing more than $1.5 trillion, more than half of what Democrats were originally attempting to pass. He later signaled that he would be open to around $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
Pelosi in Monday night’s letter also referenced an expected House vote late Tuesday on a short-term debt limit deal, saying, “We must lift the debt ceiling and hope that we can have a unanimous Democratic vote and perhaps a bipartisan vote to do so.”
Updated at 8:37 a.m.