Decentions Increase as Some Democrats displeased with Budget Plan.
Democrats' anger is boiling over when legislators return to Washington and immediately debate tax increases to pay for the plan.
Members of Congress returned to Washington on Monday and immediately started discussing tax hikes to pay for the proposal, which has been a source of Democratic dissatisfaction for weeks.
Democrats in Congress are becoming more frustrated as the party's $3.5 trillion budget proposal nears a deadlock in the Senate.
Democrats have set a self-imposed deadline of Wednesday to complete the $3.5 trillion spending proposal and put it on the House floor by December 31. Moderate Democrats have criticized both objectives.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told reporters… "I think it would be tough to do," "there's an awful lot to be done."
Additionally, Manchin and other centrists are expected to be worried about a number of tax measures that are not comprehensive enough in the opinion of liberals in both the House and Senate.
Veteran Democrats think that the battles should be expected but that the divisions are real and difficult to bridge in the short term.
The task ahead of us is enormous....
Senator Dick Durbin (IL), the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, said it was "our chance to square up, see each other eye to eye, and work out our differences, but there are disagreements."
With different individuals fighting in television appearances and on social media, the conflicts become more visible to the general public.
With Manchin demanding a considerably lower price than the current $3.5 trillion, progressives reacted angrily, with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) saying that Manchin's demand for a substantially lower price than the current $3.5 trillion is "unacceptable."
Following Manchin's description of her, Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter: "In Washington, I generally know my power questions are going anywhere when the powerful stop referring to me as a "Congresswoman" and instead refer to me as a "young lady."
Many observers saw the dispute between Manchin and the two progressives as a proxy battle for the broader rift developing between moderates and progressives over the Democratic Party's two-part infrastructure plan, which is now being debated.
President Biden's desk should receive the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate as soon as possible. At the same time, progressives want to use the larger bill to fulfill a number of promises, including combating climate change, expanding Medicare, and immigration reform, before taking final action on the narrower bill that the House of Representatives has passed.
It isn't only Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema, as Sanders emphasized on Monday. "There are other individuals involved," he said.
Biden and Democratic leaders must work together to resolve their disagreements because they have a limited margin for error.
During a 50-50 Senate election, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) can lose just three of her members, while Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) can lose none in a 50-50 Senate election.
The senator said that an attempt is ongoing to persuade all 50 senators to sign onto a measure.
To figure out what is acceptable will require some personal negotiations amongst individuals.
Progressives are taking a firm stance on limiting the federal spending package to $3.5 trillion in size.
Last month, Democrats in both the House and the Senate approved a budget resolution that gave them the authority to pass a measure worth up to $3.5 trillion without the backing of the Republican-controlled Congress.
On Monday, the Congressional Progressive Caucus issued a warning: "We can either spend $3.5 trillion to confront climate change now, or we may spend much more than that later – when the problem has escalated much more and claimed many more lives."
Conservatives in both houses have expressed concern about the expenditure, and Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have said explicitly that they would not support $3.5 trillion in new spending.
Democratic leaders aren't making any predictions about where the final package will go in the end.
Even though significant components of the Democratic proposal, including how to pay for it, are still in flux, Democratic-led House committees are just a few days away from voting on specific provisions.
However, when members of the House attempt to find out which provisions would garner enough support to get through the house, they are expected to make substantial modifications to the parts being voted on.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) applauded the House of Representatives' wording on child care but said that she would "want to see us do more to make billionaires, big companies, and tax cheaters pay up the tab for this package."
There has been some movement, according to Durbin. He highlighted that four to five Senate committees are working on agreements with their House colleagues ahead of the deadline on Wednesday.
Despite this, about a dozen people are engaged in writing the legislation, which means that more frantic work will occur on both sides of the Capitol in the next 48 hours.
The House Democrats, for example, are proposing a corporation tax rate of about 26.5 percent, although Manchin and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) have said that they do not want it to rise beyond 25 percent.
When asked about the higher rate in the House, Warner said on Monday that he didn't have a definitive answer but that it "depended on how the parts all fit together."
A further set of conservative House members expressed dissatisfaction with energy rhetoric on Monday, claiming that measures from their colleagues are "targeting the United States oil, natural gas, and refineries."
The climate measures in the Senate bill were described as "quite red" by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Ultimately, he believes that either an agreement will be reached and that it will be good enough on climate change, or that it will not be reached at all.
Additionally, House and Senate Democrats expressed displeasure with the House Ways and Means Committee for failing to include changes to the Trump-era state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, which has disproportionately hurt taxpayers in certain parts of New York, New Jersey, and California, among other places.
In a joint statement released Monday, Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Thomas Suozzi (D-NY) said that they were dedicated to passing legislation that would provide real SALT relief, which is critical to the middle-class communities in which they live and work.
In addition, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) expressed his disappointment that the provision was not included in the House measure.
"I anticipate that the final House measure will contain a comprehensive repeal," he said, "otherwise, it would be difficult to support it."