Top Democrats tout ‘paid for’ spending bill amid centrist backlash

Top Democrats tout ‘paid for’ spending bill amid centrist backlash

Senate and House Democratic centrists who object to a $3.5 trillion social welfare spending package will find it easier to support the measure if it is paid for with new revenue.

At least that’s the thinking among top Democrats promoting efforts to offset much of the cost of the bill with new revenue.

“We are going to make sure that this bill is paid for and that those at the very top finally pay their fair share,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, on Monday.

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They’ll need to convince Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who have publicly stated opposition to the $3.5 trillion price tag for the package. At least one House Democrat, Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida, signaled the cost may be too high.

It’s not clear whether

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