Something extremely important went down at the House Education and Labor Committee on Friday, when a group of progressives teamed up with centrists in vulnerable districts to threaten to take down their portion of the reconciliation bill. Here's what happened /1
The bill included means-tested subsidies for child care that could be claimed only by people making up to 150% of the median area income. Typical Dem crap. Progressives, as they do, argued it should be universal. But this time they had two things they didn't have before.
First, they had big numbers, and were willing to vote as a bloc. But second, frontline Democrats on the committee *also* wanted the program to be universal. They collectively lobbied Pelosi and Chair Bobby Scott, and threatened to take it down without it.
Pelosi offered 200%, but the group pushed back, and eventually won. Story here with @SaraLSirota…

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