Warren backs House progressives, says massive ‘infrastructure’ and reconciliation bills ‘go together’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is throwing her support behind a group of progressive House Democrats who are demanding that the bipartisan infrastructure bill be linked to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill for passage.

Warren is claiming that 11 Democratic senators now back the House progressives’ demand for the “entire Biden agenda.”

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill & the budget reconciliation bill go together. This is how we fix our roads & bridges, achieve #UniversalChildCare, expand Medicare & fight climate change,” Warren asserted in a press release via Twitter.

Sens. Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono, and Sheldon Whitehouse are also among those in the Senate backing the House demand. They announced in the press release that they voted in August for the bipartisan infrastructure “with the clear commitment that the two pieces of the package would move together along a dual track.”

“Congress has the opportunity to pass the most consequential economic legislation since the New Deal,” the senators collectively wrote.

“We can create millions of good-paying jobs as we repair our crumbling infrastructure, address the climate crisis, and finally confront the long-neglected crises facing millions of low-income and working-class families across this country. But we can accomplish these goals only if we stick to our original agreement,” he added.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly asserting that Congress will pass the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. He noted that the bill had already been reduced from the $6 trillion estimate originally put forth by Democrats.

Republicans have been excluded from negotiations on the legislation by both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, was adamant that Republicans will not help the Democrats raise the debt ceiling.

“Since Democrats decided to go it alone, they will not get Senate Republicans’ help with raising the debt limit,” he remarked Monday in reference to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. “I’ve explained this clearly and consistently for over two months. We do not have divided government. Democrats do not need our help. They have every tool to address the debt limit on their own.”

“I do believe it’s time to call the Republicans out over this, are you kidding me on the debt ceiling,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson in reference to Republicans vowing not to vote to raise the debt ceiling.

“When Donald Trump was president and needed to raise the debt ceiling over and over, Democrats said, ‘we get it,'” she commented. “They want to throw our good name in the toilet for their political games?”

“The Republicans want to turn around and play political games with that? They want to threaten to blow up our entire economy and actually the world economy over that?” she asked. “Where I am right now is to call out the Republicans who are saying that they are going to behave so irresponsibly as not to vote to increase the debt limit.”

“How long are they going to play these political games before the rest of America calls them out?” Warren demanded.

“What are we trying to raise the debt ceiling for now? To cover the debts that were incurred during the Trump Administration,” she claimed. “Enough is enough.”

President Biden held three “productive and candid meetings” with progressive Democrats on Wednesday, covering issues that ranged from the infrastructure package to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill according to a statement from the White House. Republicans were not invited to the confab.

(Video Credit: MSNBC)

“This was an important opportunity for the President to engage with Members and hear their perspectives, and progress was made toward finding the pathway forward for lowering costs for hardworking people and ensuring that our economic growth strategy is based on investing in families, not more giveaways to big corporations and the wealthiest taxpayers,” the statement read.

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