“We are prepared to move; we just need to make sure we have unanimity in our caucus and that’s what we are working on and we will start on that next week when we return,” Cardin instructed host Mike Emanuel.
The $1.7 trillion laws included a variety of coverage objects, together with common preschool, paid household go away, baby vitamin help, and Medicare and Medicaid enlargement. Clean vitality measures had been a major a part of the invoice. The laws would additionally make the present baby tax credit score everlasting.
Emanuel requested Cardin if Democrats risked dropping the assist of progressives in the event that they scaled the laws again. The senator acknowledged that Democrats wanted to discover a “sweet spot” to get laws by with out dropping votes from the Democratic caucus.
“We want to see it as comprehensive as possible, but we need to make sure we have the votes to pass it, so that means it will be different than some of us would like to see,” he stated.
Cardin stated Democrats are open to probably spending some components of the invoice as standalone objects.
“That’s a strategy decision that’s being negotiated. We are open to a way to reach the finish line,” Cardin stated.
Speaking on the identical present, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) made it clear that he nonetheless opposed the general bundle, however stated he assumed there have been issues within the invoice that he may assist as standalone objects, citing an initiative he had been engaged on with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
“Surely there is something in there that I would be for, Sen. Stabenow and I have worked for years to try to see that we treat mental health like all other health. That’s a relatively small item in this bill. I think it’s in there, but that’s an item if we put on the floor by itself, Republicans and Democrats would vote for,” Blunt stated.