Nancy Pelosi is slowly coming to terms with the fact Republicans have beat her yet again. In a Wednesday vote, Senate Republicans voted down Democrats’ effort to change filibuster rules in order to push their voting legislation through the upper chamber.
Now, Pelosi is admitting that if Democrats stand any chance of passing any part of Biden’s Build Back Better package it will likely be smaller in scope and even have a new name.
The Hill reports:
Biden, in a marathon news conference a day earlier, had suggested that the House-passed Build Back Better Act may need to be broken up into “chunks” and then pieced back together to see what could win support from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), whose opposition derailed the $2.2 trillion package last month.
Pelosi took issue with Biden’s use of the term “chunks” but largely agreed with his assessment that the package would need to be slimmed down.
“‘Chunks’ is an interesting word …” Pelosi joked at a news conference marking the one year anniversary of Biden’s inauguration. “So what the president calls ‘chunks’ I would hope would be a major bill going forward. It may be more limited, but it is still significant.”
Pelosi rattled off the major pieces that she would like to see preserved in a revamped spending package, which she said Democrats may have to “rename.” First on her list: hundreds of billions in provisions to combat climate change, something Biden said Wednesday that he believes he can push through the Senate.
Pelosi also said that lowering prescription drug prices and expanding health care coverage is amongst the provisions that Democrats hope to pass under a revised version of Build Back Better.