Rep. Jamaal Bowman, another progressive, told reporters on Thursday he was “very disappointed and actually quite angry that the child care provisions have been removed.” But he was cautious that most Democrats would be left out of the final negotiation process. “They are senators, you know; one is the Senate Majority Leader, and the other has been the guardian of so many policies throughout this term, and that is the power of the Senate,” he said. Representative Raul Grijalva agreed: “What happened was surprising and lacked other input, but it’s not something new by any stretch of the imagination.”
Maybe because the process took so long, with various twists, Democrats are just relieved to have a bill. “Not ideal, but that’s how sausage is made, isn’t it?” I try not to go to the sausage factory,” said Senator Tim Kaine The New Republic on two-way negotiations.
“I’m not going to talk about what’s not in it, because these stories can go on and on,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, who expanded the Child Tax Credit. a personal priority for years. “I will always fight for the child tax credit, and we will get there.” (Brown noted that the credit was opposed by all Republicans, even though it was crucial also opposed by Manchin.)