No Reconciliation Bill Could Be ‘Too Small’

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaks to reporters following a caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 1, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
But that hasn’t stopped Joe Manchin, Democrats’ self-styled defender of fiscal sanity, from letting his progressive colleagues pretend otherwise.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R epresentative Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) has announced that she is opposed to reducing the size of the Democrats’ ever-protean reconciliation bill to around $1.5 trillion on the grounds that the amended number is “too small.” In response, I would respectfully suggest that Representative Jayapal should get her head checked.

There is nothing “small” about a $1.5 trillion spending binge. It is, from any perspective, a colossal sum of money, and the fact that Representative Jayapal initially wanted to spend an even more colossal sum of money does not change this. Yes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez originally wanted a staggering $10 trillion in spending.

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