Senator Cory Booker stated that he will continue to push for bold and big measures in the Democratic-led reconciliation bill.
Democrats had hoped for a bill worth $3.5 trillion, but anger among moderates will likely lead to a lower figure.
Booker stated that the investments in the final bill would be "historical."
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Sunday's speech by Sen. Cory Booker was a pledge to push for "big, bold" reconciliation measures. Democrats believe that the bill will be lower than the $3.5 trillion structure originally envisioned by party leaders.
During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," the New Jersey Democrat maintained optimism about the bill's eventual completion, stressing that it would be "historic."
He said, "If we do a bill of $3 trillion, or $2.5 trillion, I'm going push for as bold and big as possible." It will be a significant investment in America.
The evenly divided Senate requires Democrats to have all members on board in order for the reconciliation package be passed. Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia) and Sen. Kyrsten Silena (Arizona) both have incredible influence over the bill. It is expected to include tuition-free community colleges and tax increases for the wealthy.
Chuck Todd, the host, asked Booker about the letter he signed calling for the larger package of infrastructure to be completed before the House considered the $1.2 trillion bipartisan package. He also inquired if there was any trust issue with some moderate Democrats.
He said, "I don’t believe it’s a matter trust." "I believe it's because I've been here, in this town, for eight years and seen the best intentions not turn into anything real. This is not about a bunch fighting it out in Congress. This is about the American people.
He said: "To get half the work done and leave mothers looking for affordable childcare, Americans looking for lower-cost prescription drugs, to abandon people like those on the sidelines, to abandon families that are in need of the child tax credit, is unacceptable to me. So far, I have seen the best intentions. I want more certainty."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated Sunday that it was "seems obvious" that the $3.5 trillion reconciliation would be reduced. However, she also said that she would not bring any bill to the floor if it did not have the required votes for passage.
The California Democrat stated that even those who want a smaller president's number "support the vision of the President" on ABC's "This Week."