Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said during a CBS News interview on Sunday that the problem with Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social spending bill is that people keeping talking about how expensive it is.
“The head of your caucus, the progressive caucus, was on another network this morning and Rep. Jayapal said $1.5 trillion is just too small,” host Margaret Brennan said. “That’s the number that Senate moderates, Joe Manchin in particular, want to get down to. President Biden, according to our reporting from Ed O’Keefe, our correspondent, says you’re going to have to settle for about $2 trillion. Is that an acceptable ceiling for you?”
“So here’s where I think the problem is,” AOC responded. “It’s that when we talk about top line numbers, there’s a lot that is hidden in that discussion. And so the reason why this conversation shouldn’t be about numbers, but it should be about what substantive programs are willing to be excluded or that–”
“That’s coming from the