As congressional Democrats struggle over whether to cover their flagship Build Back Better package and its cost, new polling released Wednesday shows that a majority of Democratic voters prefer a progressive bill that covers more of the climate emergency and combats social inequality. Now is the time for Americans to have faith in their government. Let’s show them that we can deliver and improve their lives. “
According to the CNN poll conducted by SSRS, 75% of surveyed Democrats prefer Congress to “pass a bill that enacts all of the proposed social safety net and climate change policies,” with support for such a package rising to 84% among liberals and falling to two-thirds among moderates and conservatives in the party.
Only 20% of Democrats polled prefer a bill with fewer of those provisions, while just 4% completely oppose the proposed legislation.
Overall, 41% of survey respondents said they prefer Congress to pass a reconciliation bill that funds more robust social and climate policies to less expensive legislation containing fewer of those provisions. Thirty percent said they want a scaled-down version of the package, while 29% say they are against any bill at all. Among surveyed Republicans, 55% said they want the bill to die. The new poll was conducted as Democratic lawmakers continue to struggle to agree on the size and scope of the reconciliation program.
HuffPost reported Thursday that Democratic leaders recently floated a possible $2.5 trillion compromise reconciliation framework in a bid to gain the support of right-wing Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), who oppose spending $3.5 trillion over 10 years.
The HuffPost report came on the heels of an Accountable.US analysis revealing that Manchin has received at least $1.5 million in campaign donations from businesses and trade groups leading a corporate lobbying blitz against the more ambitious $3.5 trillion proposal, which is already a compromise.
Progressives resisted attempts to weaken the bill. On Wednesday, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) urged their moderate and right-wing colleagues to eschew “complicated methods of means-testing that the wealthy and powerful will use to divide us” in favor of universal programs.
“The people delivered Democrats the House, Senate, and White House,” CPC Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted Thursday. “Now is the time to deliver paid leave, child and climate care, lower healthcare costs, preK, community college, affordable housing and so many more. “
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