“We’re moving full speed ahead,” Schumer said on a call with reporters. “We are moving forward on this bill.”
Schumer dismissed these concerns to reporters on the call Wednesday.
“There are some in my caucus who believe $3.5 trillion is too much. There are some in my caucus who believe it’s too little,” he said. “And we’re going to work very hard to have unity, because without unity, we’re not going to get anything.”
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats and was also on the call, added, “To my mind, this bill, that $3.5 trillion is already the result of a major, major compromise.”
“These benefits are undeniably important for our nation seniors and were left out of Medicare at the beginning when they shouldn’t have been,” Schumer said.
Medicare expansion is something Sanders has been fighting to include in the bill, though that proposal could prove costly.
When asked about these disagreements that are beginning to arise within the two chambers and the White House on what to include in the legislation, Schumer suggested they are still working on these disagreements.
“Our goal is to have a joint proposal that can the President, the House Dems and the Senate Dems can pass, and support and we are working towards that goal we’re working well towards that goal,” Schumer said. “There are some disagreements as always comes about, but I am pleased with the progress we’re making.”
“It is no great secret that you got 200 plus members of the House, there are disagreements there,” Sanders added. “There are 50 Democratic members of the Senate, there are disagreements there.”
He also added he does not want a potential Medicare dental benefit “drawn out as far as the House has proposed,” which would not take effect until 2028 as it’s currently written in the plans released by the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. The House has 13 committees of jurisdiction that have been working behind the scenes to get their portions of the reconciliation package done and ready for a floor vote later this month.
“It would be just the height of responsibility for Republicans to play games to take the debt limit hostage,” he said. “That would be playing with the full faith and credit of the United States. It would be a horrible act, a despicable act, really.”
Separately, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would raise the debt ceiling, though she added it would not be done through reconciliation.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Morgan Rimmer, Jessica Dean and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.