Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal in the middle of using Biden to attend CNN City Hall in Baltimore Hillicon Valley – Presented by Xerox – Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agricultural groups MORE (D-Wash.) Expressed on Tuesday doubts that the tuition-free community college proposal previously put forward by Democrats to be included in the comprehensive social spending plan the party is drafting will be included in the final version.
“There will be something for higher education, but it’s probably not the free community college,” Jayapal, president of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters as they discussed ongoing negotiations within the party on the spending plan.
Jayapal’s comments came shortly after CNN reported it President BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel raises criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Democrats consider reports that clean energy program will push two House Democrats to retire before challenging midway MORE, who has pushed for the measure as an important part of his legislative agenda, told the progressives that the proposal is unlikely to get into the finished package.
Biden previously called for a two-year tuition-free community college for Americans. First lady Jill BidenJill BidenPresident, First Lady Honorary Teachers at the White House Harris Awards to Campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia The Hills Report 12:30 – Presented by Altria – Memories Flow In After Powell’s Death MORE, who has been a teacher for decades, has also advocated for the measure in recent months.
While Jayapal on Tuesday afternoon told reporters that “nothing has been done yet”, she added that she thinks the measure “probably has a hard way ahead.”
Although the congresswoman said progressives had pushed for the popular proposal to remain in the package, she said it “did not necessarily have a full coalition behind it” in the party.
Months ago, Jayapal joined Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets Sanders, Jayapal in the middle of standing still in America can stop poverty among its senior citizens The Senate GOP signals that they will help save Biden’s Fed chairman more (I-Vt.) By enacting a bill that would make college education free for Americans from families earning up to $ 125,000 a year. The bill uses a tax on some Wall Street trades to offset the cost of tuition-free community college and make four-year public colleges tuition-free and debt-free for students.
“The president reiterated at the meeting that this is really the goal he would like to work on down the road, but it may not be in this bill,” she said.
The uncertainty surrounding the proposal’s fate in the Democrats’ spending plan comes as party leaders have been working to cut the massive spending bill after a number of moderates expressed concern over the overall size.
There are also divisions within the party over whether the package should include proposals such as universal pre-K, extensions to Medicare, as well as proposed tax increases on wealthy businesses and individuals to offset the cost of the bill.
Jayapal said progressives prioritize struggles to protect childcare funding, paid family leave, homes as well as climate, immigration, housing and health care, and Medicare extensions.
But nothing is set in stone as party leadership has set out to pass the bill in the coming weeks using a process called reconciliation that makes it possible to circumvent the Senate GOP filibusters.
While the procedure will allow Democrats to pass the bill in the evenly divided upper house without Republican support, the party faces a major task in keeping various factions united to pass the package with its narrow majorities in Congress.