Democrat Senators reject massive 3.5 TRILLION dollar bill and its ‘entitlement mentality’ hours before House vote;
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Manchin said that he shared his stance that reconciliation shouldn’t be more expensive than $1.5 trillion in the last week.
- Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., who played a major role in negotiating the bipartisan infrastructure bill and is up for reelection next year, told Fox News Thursday that he hopes House progressives will vote for the infrastructure bill.
- “Oh yeah, I worked on this for months. I mean, I want to see it pass,” Kelly said. “Roads, bridges, ports of entry in our state, water infrastructure. We’re in this historic drought. We need more water storage, and desalinization projects are important. There’s a lot that needs to be done in the state of Arizona so yeah I recommend every member of the House to vote yes.”
- House progressives are threatening to tank the infrastructure bill without an ironclad agreement on or passage of Democrats’ reconciliation bill.
- Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who is not up for reelection anytime soon, had a similar message for House Republicans who are bailing on the infrastructure bill for the opposite reason — because Pelosi linked it with reconciliation.
- “I think they should vote for the infrastructure package,” Cramer said. “One thing it does… is a primary purpose of the federal government and that is the interstate commerce. That’s a Republican ideal. It’s also paid for with existing funds that doesn’t require any tax increases.”