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House Budget Chairman Yarmuth To Progressives: "The Federal Government Can Afford Anything"

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House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth told CNN's Erin Burnett on Thursday evening that Sen. Joe Manchin's position on limiting the $3.5 Trillion "Build Back Better" Act to $1.5 Trillion is flat out dumb.

Manchin "has no understanding of how the federal government monetary system works," Yarmuth said. "When he compared it yesterday to his household income, that has no relevance to what we can do."

"It's not a question of what we can afford. The federal government can afford anything that it feels it needs to do," he said.


REP. JOHN YARMUTH: The number itself is meaningless. I mean, I read Joe Manchin's statement, I've listened to him, he has no understanding of how the federal government monetary system works when he compared it yesterday to his household income, that has no relevance to what we can do.

It's not a question of what we can afford. The federal government can afford anything that it feels it needs to do and right now that's what we ought to be focused on. So that's kind of the position I took in the budget committee, that's the position I will take going forward.

The shame is that we have an opposition party, the Republican Party, who doesn't think the federal government has any obligation to do anything about providing childcare, early childhood education, paid family and medical leave, any of the things that are in the Build Back Better Act.

If they're not going to recognize that these are national responsibilities, then we have to act alone and it puts us in this very, very convoluted process called reconciliation that has basically opened itself up to all this brinkmanship.
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