(TargetLiberty.org) – President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are still trying to push their massive reconciliation bill through the Senate. However, the bill is being held up by two moderate senators, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), who want a smaller package. Now, the president has pared down one of his key policies in an attempt to get the bill through.
During a CNN town hall event on October 21, Biden talked about his family and medical leave initiative. The president admitted he has reduced the program from 12 weeks of paid leave to 4 weeks. He explained that he had to drastically reduce it because he couldn’t get enough lawmakers to agree with the 12 weeks.
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Manchin and Sinema have both faced fierce backlash from the Democratic party for standing against the legislation in its current form. The lawmakers agree with many of the Build Back Better plan policies, but think $3.5 trillion is too much to spend. Instead, they’d like a more targeted approach to the country’s issues.
In order to pass the bill using budget reconciliation, the Left needs a simple majority. That means all 50 Democratic senators will have to agree with the legislation. It’s unclear at this point if the bill is ever going to make it to President Joe Biden’s desk.
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