'Squad' Dem Bowman doesn't rule out torpedoing infrastructure bill if Manchin doesn't budge on reconciliation
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Progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman Monday refused to rule out voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill if Sen. Joe Manchin doesn't budge on his demand that Democrats' reconciliation bill cost $1.5 trillion or less – not even half the current $3.5 trillion price tag.
"We'll see when we get there," Bowman, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC when pressed about whether he would vote against a bill that costs significantly less than the $3.5 trillion number many left-leaning Democrats have said is their floor.
"But we still have several weeks, weeks of negotiation to make sure we are all on the same page before it's time to vote," Bowman added.
The comment from Bowman is similar to statements by many House progressives and "Squad" members in recent weeks that they'll vote against infrastructure if reconciliation doesn't pass. And progressives have been vocal that they want a $3.5 trillion topline number on the reconciliation bill.