Liberals grit teeth as their priorities fall by wayside

Progressives promised for weeks they wouldn’t compromise on the price tag or priorities in Democrats’ social spending bill. Now, they’re facing a likely insurmountable hurdle: reality.

“Embrace this,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats during a private meeting Monday evening. “And have a narrative of success.”…

Even as they vowed to keep fighting for policy priorities at risk of being left behind, Jayapal and her liberal allies were touting the progress they’ve made. Several of their five “must have” policies in the bill would still be included, they said, such as delivering billions of dollars for affordable housing and the so-called care economy, including child and elder care.

“We are headed toward a win. Will it be everything that we want? It’s clear that it won’t be, it’s just a matter of how much we are able to keep in,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas). “You’ve got a lot of cooks in the kitchen but only a couple of chefs.”

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