Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that it’s urgent for her political party to come together to pass President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package—warning that Democrats “could lose the House” without its success.
Some moderate Democrats have expressed substantial concerns about the massive spending package. The budget plan has now passed through both chambers of Congress, although an uphill battle remains to determine the details and whether Democrats ultimately succeed in full passage.
The proposed legislation would deliver on significant portions of Biden’s agenda by funding universal pre-kindergarten, provide free community college, make child tax credits permanent, expand health care access, and work to address climate change.
“If we deliver these things, I believe we will hold the House. If we don’t deliver these things, I think we could lose the House,” Jayapal told Punchbowl News in a Wednesday interview.
The top progressive lawmaker explained that everything in the bill is a key part of Biden’s agenda, arguing that voters expect Democrats to deliver on their platform.