U.S. Senators Torn on Infrastructure Bill
(UnitedVoice.com) – In April, President Joe Biden proposed a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill full of Democratic priorities. Republicans spoke out against the plan, saying it’s too expensive and full of unnecessary items unrelated to infrastructure. Democrats hoped to use budget reconciliation to get their plan through Congress without any GOP votes, but Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stood in their way. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now speaking out against a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
According to a June 14 report by The Hill, Democrats have plans to kill a bipartisan proposal because it’s less than the president’s $2.25-trillion proposal. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said the bipartisan bill is “very, very paltry and disappointing.” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told reporters he isn’t going to vote for it. The independent senator also baselessly attacked Republicans, saying he doesn’t think they’re serious about anything. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) called on her party to stop negotiating with the GOP.
Most Republicans won't vote for our infrastructure package no matter how much they water it down.
We're wasting our time continuing to negotiate.
Let's do what working families need right now and go big, bold, and on our own to deliver.
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) June 14, 2021
Meanwhile, Republicans have been negotiating in good faith, but it seems that they aren’t happy either. One unnamed GOP senator told The Hill the proposal is still too expensive. They said that although they don’t want to “shoot down infrastructure,” they don’t think “the votes are there.”
It’s starting to look like Biden’s dream of passing an infrastructure bill is slowly dying. Democrats want more money, Republicans want to be responsible, and nothing is happening.
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