All 50 Democratic senators are in favor of the process to pass the $3.5 trillion bill. However, the final price tag for the bill is still unknown. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), stated Wednesday that she will vote for the bill to be passed, but she doesn't support legislation that would cost $3.5 trillion. This angered progressives within her party.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), a moderate Democrat, stated last week that while he was committed in moving the bill forward, he also reserved the right not to do what the hell he wanted on final passage.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are already fighting a messaging war against social spending bills. The bipartisan legislation was approved by all 50 Democrats, with 17 Republicans voting against it, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. However, Republicans have branded the second multitrillion dollar package as reckless spending and a tax.
McConnell stated that he was pleased to continue working on the bipartisan package for physical infrastructure. McConnell said that the Democratic bill's focussed compromise could not be more starkly contrasted with the one that his colleagues had been negotiating.
Democrats will use the so called budget reconciliation process to pass the Social Spending Package without GOP support. It is expected that the legislation will include key policy priorities for Democrats, including climate change and child care.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged she would not move forward with the bipartisan bill until Senate approves the second package.