As the reconciliation bill’s provisions on Medicare, climate and family leave get watered down — if not axed entirely — progressives who initially sounded a positive note after meetings at the White House are now expressing concerns. And those worries are steering the left into a moment of reckoning over how hard to fight for their priorities. (More on that in a second …)
Sources on the left tell us it was “a big tactical mistake,” for example, for Biden to invite Manchin and Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER to a summit in Delaware on Sunday without also hosting a major progressive negotiator, like Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) or Rep. PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-Wash.). (“Not having them in the room is a real misstep,” one top progressive told Playbook.)…
— On the inside: “Progressives are troubled and deeply concerned with the cuts we’re seeing reported,” Rep. ILHAN OMAR (D-Minn.) told Playbook. “They are saying their votes need to be earned. And support for a deal that does not adequately fund their priorities is not guaranteed.”
— On the outside: Progressive-aligned groups and outlets are watching this all play out with a sense of disappointment.