House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters during a brief House meeting that the media should help Democrats pass a massive stalled welfare package, according to the Washington Examiner.
When one of the reporters present highlighted the recent CBS News poll, which reflected how unaware most respondents were of the Biden administration’s massive proposal, she asked Pelosi:
“Do you think you need to do a better job at messaging and going forward, how do you sell this?”
To which the Democrat replied, “Well, I think you could all do a better job selling it, to be frank.”
As reported by CBS News, the results of that poll yielded the data that only 10% of Americans answered that they know a lot of specifics about what she is proposing in the “Build Back Better” plan.
But most admit to knowing no details, or even nothing at all, about the Democrats’ much-discussed $3.5 trillion bill, which Pelosi acknowledged Tuesday would apparently have to be reduced to about $2 trillion, per President Joe Biden’s decision.
The poll found that 59% of people were aware of the $3.5 trillion cost of the initial proposal, as well as 58% who knew of plans to pay for it by raising taxes. In comparison, only 40% were aware of provisions in the bill aimed at reducing Medicare drug costs or expanding Medicare benefits.
According to the Examiner, Pelosi suggested that the public doesn’t know enough about all the government programs Democrats plan to implement if they get the Senate majority to pass the bill, even though she regularly describes them to the media.
“Every time I come here, I go through the list,” the Democrat said in the Capitol press conference room.
“Family medical leave, climate, the issues that are in there. But it is true— it is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package,” she further commented.
Pelosi insisted that the welfare bill, when finalized, especially the one pushing the extension of child welfare credits, will become more popular.
“Do people know where it springs from? No,” Pelosi said. “But it is a vast bill. It has a lot in it, and we will have to continue to make sure the public does. But whether they know it or not, they overwhelmingly support it.”
The Democratic Party has been battling internally between progressives and moderates over the budget. Progressives like Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) support the current $3.5 trillion cost overrun.
Meanwhile, moderate House Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona arer two of those who have opposed voting for the spending. So for the more progressive wing Democrats backed by Pelosi and Biden, broad public support for the bill would put enough pressure on them to change their minds.
Manchin said he would not accept legislation that spends more than $1.5 trillion and has been unwilling to raise that number after talks with Biden last week.