House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chastised reporters Tuesday for not doing a “better job selling” President Biden’s $3.5 tax-and-spend social budget reconciliation bill to the American public, despite also not being able to sell the same agenda amongst her own Democratic caucus for a swift passage.
During her weekly press conference, a reporter noted the latest poll that showed a majority of Americans “don’t know anything at all” about Biden’s “Build Back Better” spending bill and questioned Pelosi if Democrats “need to do a better job at messaging.”
“Do you think you need to do a better job at messaging, and going forward, how do you sell this?” CBS News’ reported asked Pelosi.
“Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it – to be very frank with you,” Pelosi snarkily said in response.
“Because every time I come here, I go through the list: family and medical leave, climate, the issues that are in there,” Pelosi continued.
“But it is true. It is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package. But as we narrow it down and put it out there, I think that it will – and, for example, one of the things in the bill is the continuation of the Biden tax credit that is – Child Tax Credit – that is in the, was in the Rescue Package. That has great appeal. Do people know where it springs from? No.”
“But it is a vast bill. It has a lot in it. And we’ll have to continue to make sure the public does,” Pelosi added.
Pelosi went on to claim that Americans “overwhelmingly support” Biden’s $3.5 trillion social infrastructure bill whether they know the details of the package or not.
“But whether they know it or not, they overwhelmingly support it. And by the way, women much more than men. Men like the infrastructure – this one here,” Pelosi asserted.
A recent CBS poll showed that only 10 percent of Americans said they knew a “lot of specifics” besides the potential costs on the actual policies included in the social spending bill. However, a majority confessed to having a “general sense” about the bill but either knowing some specifics things or nothing at all.
When asked specifically about potential elements of the spending bill, people revealed elements such as the much-discussed $3.5 trillion cost, with 59 percent stating they heard about this while 58 percent said they heard about tax increases that are apparently is claimed to target only high-income earnings making over $400,000.
The Biden administration and Democrats have repeatedly claimed that Americans “overwhelm” support the social spending bill. However, the exact details and cost of what the spending bill will entail still haven’t been written in legislation format as it is now newly negotiated amongst Democrats after the party amid division jeopardized both the $1.2 bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill and causing delays in passing the measures swiftly in late September.
Over the past month, the ever-fractious Congressional Democrats publicly saw rancorous infighting amongst both factions, with House progressives, led by Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) using the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill as the key to holding down the line with their hardball tactics and railed against moderates from voting on the Senate-passed bipartisan measure.
Meanwhile, moderate Democrats saw Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), who one can single-handly tank the spending bill from passing by a simple majority vote, clearly for weeks that the package was too expensive. A memo signed between Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) revealed the centrist Democrat detailing his position for the spending bill — including a $1.5 trillion topline in July.
Biden has pleaded with his party to stay united amid the divide while negotiations the combined domestic bills for a full single passage by the end of the new deadline of October 31.
“My message is simple: we need to stay together and bound by the values that we hold as a party,” Biden said in a three-minute pre-recorded address Saturday during the Democratic National Committee’s fall meeting.
“Because here’s the deal: we won 2020 as a unified party,” Biden added. “And we look to 2022; as we do that, we need to stay unified. If we deliver today across the board. 50 years from now, people are going to look back and say this was the period, and this was the moment America won the 21st century.”