Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders met Monday with President Biden about an upcoming budget reconciliation bill that Democrats hope to ram through Congress alongside a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Sanders (I-Vt.), who recently outlined a massive $6 trillion reconciliation blueprint, gave away few details about his talk with Biden but told reporters at the White House, “the majority of the Democratic caucus wants to go as big as possible.”
The self-declared democratic socialist said “what we are trying to do is transformative. Legislation that the president and I are supporting would go further to improve the lives of working people than any legislation since the 1930s.”
But Democrats face a mathematical challenge in the evenly divided Senate where centrist Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have expressed concern about a gigantic bill that would include many items left out of the bipartisan deal.
Democrats also face confusion about leverage after the brokering of the