McConnell Urges Biden Not to Let Pelosi and Schumer Torpedo Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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Posted: Jun 28, 2021 9:45 AM
McConnell Urges Biden Not to Let Pelosi and Schumer Torpedo Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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Infrastructure negotiations between the Biden administration, Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats are stalled given Democrats’ spending demands, even after GOP lawmakers reached a deal with President Biden. After a compromise was reached, Biden and congressional Democrats quickly said that a supplemental spending bill must also be passed.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging the president not to let Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hold the bipartisan bill hostage.

“The President has appropriately delinked a potential bipartisan infrastructure bill from the massive, unrelated tax-and-spend plans that Democrats want to pursue on a partisan basis. Now I am calling on President Biden to engage Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi and make sure they follow his lead. Unless Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi walk-back their threats that they will refuse to send the president a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless they also separately pass trillions of dollars for unrelated tax hikes, wasteful spending, and Green New Deal socialism, then President Biden’s walk-back of his veto threat would be a hollow gesture,” McConnell said in a statement. “Republicans have been negotiating in bipartisan good faith to meet the real infrastructure needs of our nation. The President cannot let congressional Democrats hold a bipartisan bill hostage over a separate and partisan process.”

 Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT), also said that a bipartisan bill is dead-on-arrival without a substantial reconciliation package in addition.