Durbin says he supports the price of the $ 3.5T reconciliation bill, but he’s ‘realistic’

Whip of the majority in the Democratic Senate Dick durbinDick DurbinBiden and lawmakers mourn Harry Reid Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies Ukrainian president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia MORE (Ill.) Said on Sunday he supported the $ 3.5 trillion price tag for a spending plan his party hopes will go through the reconciliation process, but described himself as a “realist” in regards to the negotiations.

“Let me tell you up front that I support the $ 3.5 trillion. I believe the elements have been stated over and over again. They are good for this country and they are necessary for families and for our nation.” , said Durbin. said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.

“But I’m also a realist,” he added.

Durbin’s comments come as Democrats have yet to come to an agreement on the full amount of their massive social spending bill.

While the bill was initially proposed at $ 3.5 trillion, Sen. Joe manchinJoe ManchinEnergy & Environment – Biggest climate news of 2021 Grocery chain Publix to start offering paid parental leave Clinton: “Time to think carefully about what wins the election” MORE (DW.Va.) suggested a $ 1.5 trillion plan, a Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Five Areas Biden Faces Pressure To Do More On COVID-19 Democrats Seek To Cut Biden Bill To Pass On The Money – Biden Extends Student Loan Relief MORE (D-Wash.) Said it was too low to accomplish Democratic priorities.

During his appearance on CNN on Sunday, Durbin recalled the Affordable Care Act negotiation process, during which compromises had to be found.

“I think those concessions will lead to a different number. I just want to make sure we get to the right result,” said Durbin. “Not the most, but the most effective in helping families and this economy move forward responsibly.”

Durbin, however, did not specify what that price might be.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked ‘what’s your number? “He said.” Every vote counts to get that majority, and concessions will be made. We are sure of it. “

Richard L. Militello