“Many of us are going to be disappointed”
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Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin said on Sunday Democrats were ready to move forward on the Build Back Better bill, but acknowledged that “a lot of us are going to be disappointed.”
“We’re ready to move. We just need to make sure we have unanimity in our caucus. And that’s what we’re working on and we’ll start on that next week when we get back,” Cardin said on Fox. News Sunday “.
Fox News correspondent Mike Emanuel asked Cardin if Democrats were willing to cut the $ 1 trillion bill even further or pass some of the bill’s measures on its own. Cardin said the strategy was being “negotiated,” but stressed Democrats still had to consolidate the votes after Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) announced his opposition to the measure.
Noting the challenge of appeasing both moderates and progressives in the party with what was included or excluded from the bill, Cardin said he believed it was possible to craft the legislation in a way which satisfies both parties.
“I think we can hit that sweet spot. Listen, a lot of us are going to be disappointed, but we won’t let perfection be the enemy of doing something,” Cardin said. “I think we’ll be pragmatic about it, but we want to make sure it addresses the issues we face in our communities.”
Emanuel noted that some Republican senators have publicly called on Manchin to join the Republican Party after effectively ending Build Back Better’s chances of passing. Cardin was asked if there was still room in the Democratic Party for Manchin.
“Oh, absolutely. The Democratic Party is proud to have a big tent as they say,” Cardin said. “There is absolutely room in our party for Joe Manchin and Elizabeth Warren and everyone in between.”
“Joe Manchin is very well received within the Democratic Party,” he added.
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