Rep. Jayapal Wants Negotiations With Manchin and Sinema to Progress Faster: ‘They’re Just 2 Senators and 96% of Democrats’ in Congress Agree

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said Thursday that she believes Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are negotiating the price tag of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill “in largely good faith,” but the talks are not moving fast enough.

“Well look, 96% of us Democrats in the House and Senate and the president, and 70% of the American people all agreed on the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act,” Jayapal told CBS News. “Unfortunately, that is not sufficient, given our very slim majority.”

Jayapal, the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said they have to get Manchin and Simena “onboard,” before noting that “they have been negotiating in largely good faith.”

“I would like that to be more quick,” Jayapal
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