Senior White House Advisor Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondSunday Shows Progress: House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Democrats suffer electoral losses in Virginia Black Caucus pushes for priorities in final deal White House to house legislators as negotiations on agenda reach critical stage MORE promoted the Democrats’ social spending package on Sunday after the House passed the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill two days earlier, indicating that the administration is now turning its attention to the larger package. , which lawmakers have promised to pass later this month.
“We have to do it,” Richmond told guest host Bill Hemmer on “Fox News Sunday” of the $ 1.75 trillion social spending package, which includes funding to expand social programs and address climate change.
“We need to do it now because if you look at the 17 Nobel Prize winning economists, they said it will ease inflationary pressures, help with the supply chain and invest in human capital in this country all at the same time.” Richmond added.
Richmond said the White House is “optimistic that we will make it.”
His comments came in response to a question about the senator. Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden Praises Passage of Infrastructure Bill: ‘Long Overdue’ House Passes Trillion Infrastructure Bills, Advances On The Money Social Spending Plan – Presented by Citi – A House Divided on a Unified Agenda MORE (DW.Va.) last week doubled down on his argument that Democrats should “slow down” deliberations on the $ 1.75 trillion social spending package.
Richmond said the moderate senator “has been a partner” and has been willing to enter into negotiations with lawmakers and White House officials.
Sen. Manchin has been a partner. He is much more conservative and everyone sees him, but he has been a willing partner to come to the table with constructive dialogue and we are confident of where we will go with our Build Back Better framework, ”said Richmond.
He later added that the social spending package is the “third item on our economic agenda,” probably referring to the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the COVID-19 aid package passed in March. He said the agenda is “producing great results.”
“We are going to keep pushing because now is the time to invest in the American people once and for all,” he added.
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The vote culminated months of negotiations between lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the White House, which dragged on due to internal clashes within the Democratic Party.
The moderates had lobbied for the House to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill first before starting deliberations on the social spending package, the Better Rebuild Act, but progressives demanded that the two bills be advanced together.
The caucus finally reached an agreement on Friday to approve the bipartisan infrastructure package and advance the spending package, after a block of moderates refused to give final approval of the largest bill before seeing an estimate of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) costs.
The moderates on Friday promised to vote for the largest spending package once the CBO score is released, and if those numbers are verified against White House statistics.