Anticipating a clash with conservative Democrats over the price tag of the party\u0026#039;s emerging reconciliation package, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday laid down a clear marker: the $3.5 trillion in spending outlined in a newly approved budget resolution is already the compromise, and anything less won\u0026#039;t cut it.\r\n\r\n\u0022I already negotiated. The truth is we need more,\u0022 Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee and chief\u0026nbsp;architect of the reconciliation blueprint, told Politico in an interview published Thursday.\r\n\r\n\u0022While it will have no Republican support in Washington, Democrats, independents, and working-class Republicans all over the country support our plan.\u0022\r\n—Sen. Bernie Sanders\r\n\r\n\u0022The needs are there,\u0022 the Vermont senator added. \u0022This is, in my view, the minimum of what we should be spending.\u0022\r\n\r\nSanders\u0026#039; remarks came less than 48 hours after the House Democratic leadership quelled a small revolt of right-wing members and passed the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which the Vermont senator helped usher through the upper chamber earlier this month.\r\n\r\nCongressional approval of the budget blueprint—which establishes the outer boundaries of the reconciliation package—sets in motion the likely contentious process of converting the popular resolution into legislative text. With Republicans unanimously opposed to the filibuster-proof reconciliation package, Democrats will need the support of virtually every member of the House and Senate to ensure it reaches President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s desk, a reality Sanders acknowledged Thursday.\r\n\r\n\u0022Democrats have a very slim majority in the House. We have no majority in the Senate. That\u0026#039;s it. It is 50/50,\u0022 Sanders said. \u0022Trust me, there are a lot of differences in the Senate among the Democrats. But at the end of the day, every Democrat understands that it is terribly important that we support the president\u0026#039;s agenda. And most of these ideas came from the White House.\u0022\r\n\r\nBut conservative Democrats in both chambers are already threatening to derail the reconciliation process by expressing opposition to the $3.5 trillion price tag—which, as Sanders noted, is significant downward compromise from the $6 trillion proposal that he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were originally considering.\r\n\r\nEarlier this week, a spokesperson for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) reiterated that \u0022she will not support a budget reconciliation bill that costs $3.5 trillion\u0022—music to the ears of Republicans who are openly hoping that Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) team up to pare back the legislation, in which progressives hope to include historic investments in green energy, Medicare expansion, and other top priorities.\r\n\r\nA $3.5 trillion bill could also face trouble in the House, where at least nine conservative Democrats have voiced \u0022concerns about the level of spending and potential revenue raisers.\u0022 Among the revenue raisers floated for the reconciliation package are tax hikes on wealthy individuals and large corporations, proposals that are popular with the U.S. public but opposed by some right-leaning Democrats—many of them bankrolled by powerful corporate interests.\r\n\r\nIn his Politico interview Thursday, Sanders made clear that he views \u0022every single thing\u0022 in the reconciliation framework—from the proposed lowering of the Medicare eligibility age to paid family and medical leave—as essential, though he declined to say what he would do if such priorities were stripped from the package.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOn Friday, Sanders is set to travel to the Republican stronghold of Indiana to advocate for a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Two days later, the Vermont senator will hold a town hall on the legislation in Iowa.\r\n\r\n\u0022Sanders said if he could, he would travel to all 50 states this fall to make his case,\u0022 Politico reported Thursday. \u0022And he did not rule out West Virginia and Arizona, home to the Senate\u0026#039;s two most conservative Democrats.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn a statement last week announcing his trips to Indiana and Iowa, Sanders said that \u0022while it will have no Republican support in Washington, Democrats, independents, and working-class Republicans all over the country support our plan to finally invest in the long-neglected needs of working families.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I very much look forward to hearing from some of them,\u0022 Sanders added.