Conservatives Slam Democrat Congresswoman For Calling $3.5T Bill ‘A Zero-Dollar Bill’

Far-left Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Washington) claimed on Sunday that the $3.5 trillion social spending bill being pushed by Democrats led by President Joe Biden is a “zero-dollar bill” because it’s going to be completely funded by taxes from America’s wealthiest and the largest corporations.

The chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus made the claim during an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” with Margaret Brennan where she was asked if the $3.5 trillion bill could be downsized.

“Well, let’s talk about what people want, and then let’s come to the number from that,” Jayapal told Brennan.

“It’s not just a random number,” Jayapal added. “So, if somebody wants less than $3.5 trillion, tell us what you want to cut? Do you want to cut child care? Do you want to cut paid leave? What is it you want to cut, and then let’s figure it out from there,” the progressive lawmaker added.

“Zero-dollar bill’

Jayapal then claimed that the Democrat-led bill — which would fund Biden’s priorities on climate change, universal preschool and affordable housing — is of no cost to normal Americans since the spending measure will be footed from taxes of wealthy Americans.

“President Biden also said something very important the other day, which is, this is a zero-dollar bill because it’s going to be completely paid for with taxes on the wealthiest and the largest corporations,” Jayapal claimed.

The “Face The Nation” host then remarked that high earners and corporations will see their taxes rise if the bill is passed, telling Jayapal that this means there’s still a cost to the spending measure contrary to her claim.

“The joint committee on taxation says actually that, in raising this revenue, taxes could go up at least 2% on those making between $200,000 and $500,000 a year. It also will raise taxes for corporations and those who are wealthier. So it’s not no cost,” Brennan said.

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