Rep. Comer Says Bickering Within Democratic Party Over Spending Bill Could Be ‘Defining Moment’
Rep. James Comer recently conducted an interview on Newsmax where he went on to make the comment that all of the infighting currently going on between progressives and moderates in the Democratic Party concerning two massive spending bills could end up being a “defining moment” for its future.
”I think we’re at a real defining moment for the Democrat Party right now, and it doesn’t look to me like they’re going to be able to get out of this,” Comer stated during a conversation on Tuesday’s ”American Agenda.”
”The fact that [White House press secretary Jen] Psaki admitted that the Biden administration is only talking to Democrats really shows that they’re tone-deaf as to this, and the fact that they’re not trying to include Republicans. And they’re not going to get the votes with Democrats, [which] leaves me optimistic that they’re not going to pass this bill and do more harm to the economy,” the congressman added.
Democrats are trying to unilaterally pass a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill through Congress with several key elements of the party’s agenda, including expanding Medicaid and Medicare, free prekindergarten, free community college tuition, and energy reform to battle climate change.
With a razor-thin majority in the House and a 50-50 split in the Senate (48 Democrats, 50 Republicans and two independents), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., must have almost 100% Democratic support for the bill to pass.
Two moderate Democrats in the Senate, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, want to see the price of the bill drop, while House progressives led by the ”squad” of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D- Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are pushing to spend the entire amount.
Members of the GOP in Congress have already stated they are not going to support the bill at all, which essentially leaves Democrats with no wiggle room when it comes to getting the votes necessary to pass the legislation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has come out and stated that there are currently high-level talks and negotiations being had between the Biden administration and Democratic lawmakers in an attempt to reach an agreement and get the bills passed.
”We are having an important discussion about what a package that is smaller than $3.5 trillion would look like,” Psaki revealed during Tuesday’s press briefing. ”Those conversations have to happen with a range of [Democratic] members.”
She then said the discussions have reached a point where “decisions have to be made” concerning which of the elements need to be cut from the bill in order to get an agreement.
“Comer said that the Republicans are likely to regain control of the House and Senate in 2022 because of the Democrats’ seeming inability to govern despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress,” the Newsmax report said.
”The Democrats have been in complete control over the past nine months, and nothing good has happened,” the congressman said. ”Our economy has gone downhill. Our standing on the globe has deteriorated under Joe Biden’s leadership, morale in our military’s at an all-time low, and they have nothing in the works.”