Yet another Democrat lawmaker is threatening to derail President Joe Biden’s plans of pushing his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act through Congress.
The Daily Caller reports that Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) has just become the latest Dem to threaten not to vote for the budget reconciliation bill unless changes are made, particularly in the realm of education.
In an interview Friday, Adams said that she will not support the bill unless it provides more funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“We can’t build back better unless we build our HBCUs back better,” she said, according to the Daily Caller. “Promises made must be promises kept.”
According to the Daily Caller, Adams was referring to $55 billion that Biden said he would give to HBCUs as part of his American Jobs Plan, which he announced at the end of March.
At the moment, the Build Back Better Act only contains about $2 billion for the schools.
Not the only one
Of course, Adams isn’t the only Democrat in the House who’s indicated they’re not yet sold on the Build Back Better Act.
According to the Daily Caller, four Democratic House representatives from New Jersey — Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, Bill Pascrell, and Tom Malinowski — have said that they want a full repeal of the current cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, a proposal that’s been a point of contention on the left as of late.
Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat congresswoman from Florida, on the other hand, has said that she cannot support the Build Back Better Act unless she gets the opportunity to see the “bill in its entirety,” as the Daily Caller notes.
Democrats do control the House of Representatives, but not by much. Even just a few defections threaten to derail Biden’s spending plan. But the situation for Dems is even worse in the Senate.
There, only one defection would be enough to upend the Build Back Better Act, assuming that no Republicans plan on voting for it. And Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) has already indicated that he’s less than satisfied with the deal.
“I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed earlier this month, according to NBC News.