Democrats already took the nuclear option to get part of their agenda done earlier this year.
Ignoring objections from Republicans, liberals in Congress forced through their “stimulus” bill via reconciliation.
It did not go over well. All that massive spending (over $1 trillion) has contributed to rising inflation and a workers’ shortage.
Now, Biden wants to push an “infrastructure” plan that will cost twice as much. While they can use reconciliation again, moderates like Joe Manchin are saying no way.
Without Republican support, Joe Biden is forced to admit he needs to “change course.”
From Washington Examiner:
White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond said President Joe Biden is willing to reconsider his commitment to get a bipartisan infrastructure bill if inaction becomes inevitable…
“He wants a deal. He wants it soon, but if there’s meaningful negotiations taking place in a bipartisan manner, he’s willing to let that play out.”
And it looks like Republicans have a bill that will only cost 1/8 what Biden wants.
From The Epoch Times:
A bipartisan group of senators from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 22 introduced a $303.5 billion surface transportation bill.
The legislation, if enacted, would reauthorize Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for highways, roads, and bridges, which is due to expire in September. The proposed spending is 34 percent higher than that previously authorized by Congress in 2015.
It looks like Joe Biden’s socialist agenda doesn’t have the legs he hoped it had.
Since Americans have seen the aftermath of Biden’s last major spending bill, his approval has tanked. He knows he can push another bloated bill after that—and keep his job for long.
That is the only reason he is suddenly talking about working with Republicans. He hadn’t bothered doing that the first five months in office.
Another reason he’s changing his tune is that Joe Manchin refuses to dance to the leftists’ tune. He wants bipartisan support, something that won’t happen with a $2 trillion price tag.
Republicans and Democrats appear to be drafting a bill that actually focuses on infrastructure and costs a fraction of Biden’s bill.
It would rebuild our bridges, roads, and highways. This would be a simple decision if Biden had some brains.
I guess we’ll see if he does.
- Republicans and Joe Manchin have effectively blocked Biden’s $2.1 trillion spending bill.
- A bipartisan group has put together an infrastructure bill that costs $300 billion.
- Biden has singled that he will have to “change course” in order to work with them.