The effort comes as the committee debates the size and scope of the fast-track budget reconciliation bill that can be passed using a procedure that avoids a Republican filibuster in the Senate and is designed to carry most of Biden’s $4 trillion longer-term economic agenda.
The groups’ demands, which are unlikely to be realized in full, illustrates the pressure Democrats are under to make good on Biden’s vow to eliminate carbon emissions from the electric grid by 2035 and the rest of the economy by 2050.
Sanders previously had outlined a $6 trillion proposal covering Biden’s agenda as well as an expansion of Medicare, additional climate change items, immigration reform and a permanent extension of the child-care tax credit. But that measure is expected to shrink as agreement is sought from moderates in the caucus to pass both the budget resolution and a follow-up reconciliation bill, which requires 50 votes for passage along with Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote.
Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, released in the Spring proposed $750 billion in energy spending, including $400 billion to extend tax credits for wind, solar and other clean sources, $100 billion for the electric grid, and $60 billion on energy research and development among other projects, according to a BloombergNEF analysis.
But a $579 billion infrastructure deal, announced last month by Biden and a group of Democratic and Republican senators, didn’t include a mandate sought by the White House that could have required utilities to produce power only from carbon-free sources and left nearly all the other proposed spending on the cutting room floor.
A spokesman for Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee didn’t respond to a request for comment.