Among the numerous failures the Democrats have accumulated since Joe Biden took office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed she was “very disappointed” with the fact that her party would have to trim down the budget reconciliation bill that currently sits at $3.5 trillion. But while Pelosi might be upset, she told reporters, “Whatever we do, we will make decisions that will continue to be transformative about women in the workplace.” She was also sure to add the proposal to allow the IRS access to transactions over $600 that would still be included in the bill.
Returning from speaking with G-20 leaders in Europe, Pelosi said that she had been in constant communication with her party about the current state of the Build Back Better plan. She even released a statement saying, “Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from Members is to do fewer things well so that we can still have a transformative impact on families in the workplace and responsibly address the climate crisis: a Build Back Better agenda for jobs and the planet For The Children!”
Taking part in a news conference, Pelosi was asked by a reporter about the growing concerns by citizens that the IRS would have access to their bank accounts. Asking if the measure would still be in the bill, Pelosi said, ‘Yes, yes, yes. With all due respect, the plural of anecdote is not data. Yes, there are concerns that some people have, but if people are breaking the law and not paying taxes, one way to track them is through the banking measure.” Pelosi added, “I think $600, that’s a negotiation that will go on as to what the amount is, but yes.”
As for who is to blame for the bill stalling, Pelosi believes the media has some part to play in it. She told reporters, “Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you. Every time I come here, I go through the list … It is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package.”
While Pelosi might blame the media, which promotes her party’s agenda, two of her very own Democrats are taking a firm stand against the spending bill. Both Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema oppose the plan, with Manchin saying his spending cap is $1.5 trillion at the most.