At the White House, President Biden met with a group of Democratic lawmakers Tuesday, where he reportedly lowered the topline price tag on the reconciliation bill yet again, saying it could be as low as $1.75 trillion — half of the $3.5 trillion Democrats were hoping to pass. Key climate programs and free community college are some of the provisions that could be dropped, due to obstruction by conservative Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Paid family leave could also be slashed to just four weeks, down from a proposed 12 weeks. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, spoke after leaving the meeting with Biden.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: “At the end of the day, the idea that we can do these programs, a multitude of programs, and actually get them going so that they deliver immediate transformational benefits to people is what we’re focused on.”