Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib Increases Evidence of a Republican Takeover: Democrats Must Act Fast Michelle Wu’s Victory Heralds a New Era of Climate Policy The Memorandum: Experts Warn of New Violence Amid the Gosar Storm MORE (D-Mich.) She said she is “fearful” that the Build Back Better bill moves to the Senate after being passed by the House last week.
In an interview that aired on “Axios on HBO” Sunday night, Tlaib said she was particularly concerned about what she called “corporate Democrats” in the Senate taking control of the package, which includes about $ 2.2 trillion. in new expenses in areas like health care. education and climate change.
“I know they have been influenced and led by people who do not have the best interests of the American people in mind, so I am afraid. I am afraid that these groups will guide this agenda,” he said. said.
“It will be the people who will continue to benefit from human suffering,” he added. pointing out that she does not accept money from the corporate PAC nor does she have special interest groups “lined up outside my door.”
When asked if he was referring to Sens. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Democrats Advance As Manchin’s Yoyos Five Takeaways: House Passes Biden’s Radical Benefits Bill Energy and Environment Overnight – House Passes Giant Climate and Social Policy Bill MORE (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema: Democrats move on as Manchin yo-yos Biden’s election for Arizona federal prosecutor confirmed by Senate Three senators say NYT coverage of Sinema’s clothing is ‘sexist’ MORE (D-Ariz.), Moderate Democrats who have long withheld their support for parts of the plan, Tlaib responded that the opposition was “bipartisan.”
“I can’t just say it’s those two,” he replied.
“We have corporate Democrats,” the legislator added. “It’s those two, but I think there are some others.”
“It looks like they are leading the fight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people are hiding behind them,” he continued.
The opposition from Manchin and Sinema has already dramatically reduced the size of the package, which was originally negotiated as a $ 3.5 trillion plan.
The House included provisions such as paid family leave in its bill, which Manchin has publicly opposed. Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote on the bill, as it takes all 50 senators to pass the package through budget reconciliation.
The Hill reached out to Manchin and Sinema to comment on Tlaib’s comments.
Tlaib is part of the House Progressive Caucus, which for weeks insisted on moving the so-called “BBB bill” before voting on a separate infrastructure package. They eventually gave in to that demand after House moderates pledged to support the reduced social spending bill in exchange for progressives passing the infrastructure bill.
The bill is expected to undergo significant changes as Senate negotiations progress. Still, Tlaib noted the importance of the plan that passed through the House.
“I represent the third poorest district in Congress, so what it means to my residents is that they will finally get what I affectionately call ‘the infrastructure of the town,'” he said.
“We always think about roads and bridges, but we never think about what’s inside the houses.”