White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated Monday that President Biden will host a digital assembly with progressive House members to barter a lower cost tag on the $3.5 trillion price range reconciliation invoice. 

Biden will meet with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus later Monday “in order to have a discussion about the path forward, which includes the recognition that this package is going to be smaller than originally proposed,” Psaki stated throughout her day by day press briefing.


“What he wants to hear from them is what their priorities are, what their bottom lines are, so he can play a constructive role in moving things forward,” she added.

Psaki stated Biden will maintain one other assembly with average Democrats later this week, which may also be digital as a result of the House is out of session.

Progressive Democrats need the reconciliation invoice to maneuver in tandem with the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure invoice already handed by the Senate. A House vote on the reconciliation invoice was delayed final week after progressives vowed to vote towards the smaller invoice if the reconciliation invoice is not additionally handed by the Senate. 

Moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have vowed to dam the reconciliation invoice if the worth tag isn’t lowered.

The infighting may end result within the Democrats failure to ship on two main items of laws furthering Biden’s home agenda.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, stated Sunday that the reconciliation invoice has “never been about the price tag” however {that a} $1.5 trillion topline value urged by moderates like Manchin is “not going to happen.”

“That’s too small to get our priorities in,” she informed CNN. “So, it’s going to be somewhere between $1.5 and $3.5 trillion.” 

The congresswoman stated she didn’t have a “counter offer” but, including that “this is the beginning of the negotiation.” She did say, nevertheless, {that a} compromise may embrace funding all of the social applications that progressives need, just like the baby tax credit score and paid household go away, however for a shorter time frame.

“Our idea now is to look at how you make them funded for a little bit of a shorter time,” she stated.

Jayapal stated applications within the invoice slicing carbon emissions are non-negotiable and that she would unequivocally vote towards something containing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funds from being used towards abortion providers. Manchin has stated the invoice is “dead on arrival” if it didn’t embrace the Hyde Amendment. 

Psaki reiterated Monday that the president is towards the Hyde Amendment, however she declined to say the place Biden stood on the modification’s inclusion as a part of the negotiations.