Wednesday, August 4

President Biden, Sanders Meet As Infrastructure Bill Swells To $3.5 Trillion

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that he and President Joe Biden are in agreement as Democrats draft a “transformative” infrastructure package unleashing a massive package of more than $3.5 trillion.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Democrats on his panel also met privately at the Capitol for two hours late Monday with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and key White House advisers as Congress is racing to put together a sweeping proposal for initial votes later this month. 

Sanders said he and the president did not discuss a topline figure, but the Vermont senator mentioned his own more far-reaching $6 Trillion proposal. Later at the Capitol, he told reporters that the Democrats’ package would be bigger than $3.5 trillion, an amount floated as in line with Biden’s initial proposal.

“The end of the day we’re going to accomplish something very significant,” Sanders said.

After Democrats’ evening meeting at the Capitol, Sanders said lawmakers were still discussing overall spending and other figures. 

“What we’re trying to do is a multitrillion-dollar bill which is going to address long neglected problems of the working families in this country” and the problem of climate change, he told reporters.