Moderate Democrat expects CBO score, White House cost analysis of spending package to ‘match up’
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) said on Sunday that he expects the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social spending package and White House cost analysis of the legislation to “match up.”
“We received a slew of data this past week from the Treasury Department and from the White House and some early Congressional Budget Office analysis. We’re expecting to receive more in the next seven to 10 days,” the moderate Democrat told “State of the Union” co-anchor Dana Bash on CNN.
“We expect it all to match up with what was presented and we’ll move forward. That is what I believe will happen,” he added.
“Do you need the Congressional Budget Office to say that the bill is paid for in order to vote yes?” Bashed asked.
“What we’re looking for are CBO tables, which score sections of the bill, which we will be receiving, and we already have some data. We expect the information that we received to be in line with what we receive from the Treasury Department, and we’ll at that point, I’m sure be ready to move forward,” Gottheimer, co-chair of the Problem Solver’s Caucus, replied.
“But we just want to make sure we get that data and that we’re able to align it with what we had received ready,” he added.
Moderate Democrats scored a win on Friday night after the House voted 228-206 to advance a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to President Biden’s desk while also agreeing to pass a procedural rule teeing up a future vote for the party’s larger social spending bill.
In an agreement between three Democratic caucuses, moderates said they would vote for the social spending bill if its CBO score matches White House estimates.
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