representing Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalManchin meets Sanders, Jayapal amid Biden spending deadlock to participate in CNN mayoralty in Baltimore Hillicon Valley – Brought to you by Xerox – Agencies sound the alarm on ransomware targeting farm groups MORE (D-Wash.) Expressed doubts on Tuesday that the Democrats’ previously launched tuition-free community college proposal to be included in the broad social spending plan the party is developing will be included in the final version.
“There will be something for higher education, but it probably won’t be the free community college,” Jayapal, chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters when discussing ongoing negotiations within the party for the. spending plan.
Jayapal’s comments came soon after CNN reported this President BidenJoe Biden Jan. 6 panel exposes criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Petroleum Institute – Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be phased out, who pushed for the measure to be a key part of its legislative agenda, told progressives the proposal is unlikely to be in the finalized package.
Biden had previously called for two years of tuition-free community college for Americans. First lady Jill bidenJill BidenPresident, First Lady Honors Teachers at White House Awards Ceremony Harris Will Campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Altria – Memories pour in after Powell’s death MORE, who has been a teacher for decades, has also advocated for the measure in recent months.
While Jayapal told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that “nothing is done yet”, she added that she believes the measure “probably has a difficult road ahead”.
Although the MP said progressives had pushed for the popular proposal to stay in the package, she said she “did not necessarily have a full coalition behind her” in the party.
Months ago Jayapal joined Sen. Bernie sandersBernie SandersManchin meets Sanders, Jayapal amid spending deadlock America can end poverty among its elderly citizens GOP Senate signals they will help bail out Biden Fed chairman MORE (I-Vt.) By introducing a bill that would make tuition free for Americans from families earning up to $ 125,000 a year. The bill uses a tax on certain Wall Street trades to offset the costs of tuition-free community colleges and make four-year public colleges tuition-free and debt-free for these students.
“The president again reiterated at the meeting that this is really the goal he would like to work towards, but it may not be in this bill,” she said.
The uncertainty surrounding the fate of the proposal in the Democrats’ spending plan comes as party leaders scramble to cut the massive spending bill after a number of moderates expressed concerns about the overall size.
Divisions also remain in the party over whether the package should include proposals such as universal pre-K, Medicare extensions, as well as proposed tax hikes on wealthy corporations and individuals to offset the invoice costs.
Jayapal said progressives prioritize fighting to protect funding for child care, paid family leave, home as well as climate, immigration, housing and health care, and extensions of Medicare.
But nothing is set in stone as the party leadership aims to pass the bill in the coming weeks using a process called reconciliation that will allow it to bypass the GOP’s obstruction in the Senate.
Although the procedure allows Democrats to pass the bill in the upper house equally without the support of Republicans, the party faces an uphill task of keeping the various factions unified in order to pass the package with its majorities. narrow in Congress.