Democrats are hanging a $0 price tag on their $3.5 trillion social and climate spending spree ahead of Thursday’s crucial vote on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
Liberal Democrats have joined the White House in contending the expansive partisan reconciliation package is deficit-neutral in the hope it will entice centrist members of their party to support it. The liberals are threatening to withhold their support for the separate Senate-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, potentially dooming it in the House, unless the reconciliation bill passes first.
Bill Hoagland, a former Republican Senate budget and appropriations expert, believed the “$0” messaging strategy was deployed to help Democrats as Congress grapples with infrastructure reform, a possible federal government shutdown, and debt ceiling crisis.
But the Bipartisan Policy Center senior vice president said the legislative package being considered by Congress was likely not deficit-neutral.
The House Ways and