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Moderate Dem threatens to vote against Dems' $3.5T spending plan over rushed process, gaudy price tag
Democrats at odds over $3.5T spending package
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Moderate House Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy threatened to vote against Democrats' behemoth spending plan during committee markup Thursday over the rushed process and gaudy price tag of the legislation.
Murphy, D-Fla., is one of several Democrats who have expressed a displeasure with the process behind the $3.5 trillion effort that President Biden and congressional Democratic leaders are trying to push in the coming weeks. And her comments underscore the major challenge Democratic leaders in Congress face wrangling enough moderate votes to pass their agenda – without alienating progressives in the process.
Murphy made clear Thursday at the House Ways and Means Committee markup that she is in favor of passing a spending bill through reconciliation. But, Murphy added, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will need to do more to earn her vote.
"I recognize that in order to help working families, Democrats must advance these and other proposals through the reconciliation process because of Republican obstruction," Murphy said. "Process matters because I want my constituents to have faith in what I'm doing and because a good process makes it more likely we'll produce a good bill that can actually become law."