House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said during a discussion of the Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending plan on Sunday that the "real expense" would be if the government did not address the issues the package aims to fund.
"We cannot continue with this pandemic. We've got to spend the money that is necessary to get beyond it," Clyburn said on CNN's "State of the Union."
"Our leadership is on this. We are working with everybody in all corners of our party. They're trying to get to a common ground on these issues, and I feel very comfortable that we're gonna get there," Clyburn said.
His comments come as progressive leaders have said they will vote against the bipartisan infrastructure plan on Sept. 27 unless it is accompanied by the $3.5 trillion budget deal.
Clyburn noted on Sunday that a delay in the House vote regarding the infrastructure bill on Sept. 27 is "always a possibility."
Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnLobbying world Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions 'not negotiable' MORE says “there is always a possibility" that the vote on the Senate infrastructure bill is delayed as progressive and moderate Democrats face off.— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 19, 2021
He adds that September 27th is still the goal: "We are working with everybody in all corners of our party." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/YEtnkspdFu
Clyburn added that he planned to "work hard" to reach the goal of voting on Sept. 27.
"I think that we ought to really focus 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.
Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden: Negotiating assault weapons ban more difficult than infrastructure, reconciliation deal Biden says expanding Medicare to include hearing, dental and vision a 'reach' Biden says paid leave proposal reduced from 12 to 4 weeks MORE (D-W.Va.) has previously said he would support a spending bill with a far lower price tag of $1.5 trillion at most. Progressives, meanwhile, say they will not go lower than $3.5 trillion.
"We are going to find common ground. You may want to call it compromise, but that's what I call it — finding common ground," Clyburn said on CNN.