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January 1, Schumer announces ‘framework’ deal, but Democrats have ‘no idea’ what he’s talking about



On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced a deal between the Senate, House, and White House on a “framework” for paying for the $3.5 trillion social spending package. However, several Senate Democrats said they hadn’t seen any such framework.

Schumer said the deal was a “menu of options” for Democrats to pay for the eventual bill.

According to The Hill: “several Democrats — including key votes, members of leadership and senators on the panel responsible for coming up with the bill’s funding sources — said they hadn’t yet seen the framework and didn’t know what’s in it.”

Sen. Mark Warner (VA), a member of the Finance panel, said he didn’t have the “foggiest idea” of what was in the framework. “I’m almost as anxious to get that information as you are,” he added.

“No, I haven’t seen it,” Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) said.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (VT) said he had “no idea” what was in the framework.

Michigan’s Sen. Debbie Stabenow went so far as to say that there was no agreement.

“We don’t have an agreement. We basically on [the] Finance Committee have gone through a list of things and what they would raise,” she said.


Democrats surprised, caught off guard by ‘framework’ deal

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