How often have we heard Joe Biden talk about bipartisanship and the need to work together in Congress?
How many times have I also stated that it was nothing more than lip service for Biden for the sole purpose of getting elected?
He proved me right again this week, as reports broke late Monday Biden had called off the infrastructure negotiations with the Republican team.
I knew we were all in trouble when Biden tried to redefine bipartisanship based on polling rather than working with Republicans.
That worry continued when Democrats used reconciliation right out of the gate to pass COVID relief.
In every major bill that is now being considered, there was definitely a middle point to be had, but Democrats are not interested in Republican input.
And for that trolls that are going to say Republicans rammed through legislation when they had the majority… well, you cannot use that to justify what Biden is doing now when he ran on a platform of unifying both the Congress and the country.
Personally, I believe there should always be some support on the other side for any legislation to pass because that is how our government was set up to work, but that is rarely the case these days, and especially now.
Democrats have not hidden the fact they want their agenda passed, come hell or high water.
In the infrastructure deal, Biden wanted to give the appearance of bipartisanship, so he opened talks with the Republican team, but he never had any intention of considering their input.
After a few days of negotiating, I guess he figured he did enough for appearance’s sake and called off the talks.
Jen Psaki broke the news, telling the media that Biden had “informed Senator Capito today that the latest offer from her group did not, in his view, meet the essential needs of our country to restore our roads and bridges, prepare us for our clean energy future, and create jobs.
“He offered his gratitude to her for her efforts and good faith conversations, but expressed his disappointment that, while he was willing to reduce his plan by more than $1 trillion, the Republican group had increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion.”
Don’t you love the guilt trip she laid in there? Yet, she avoids talking about the wasteful spending included in that $1 trillion, which is why the Republican number was so much lower.
Senator Capito (R-W.V.), who was leading the negotiations for Republicans, also released a statement, but hers was a bit more to the point.
After negotiations ended, she stated, “Despite the progress, we made in our negotiations, the president continued to respond with offers that included tax increases as his pay for, instead of several practical options that would have not been harmful to individuals, families, and small businesses.”
She added, “While I appreciate President Biden’s willingness to devote so much time and effort to these negotiations, he ultimately chose not to accept the very robust and targeted infrastructure package, and instead, end our discussions. However, this does not mean bipartisanship isn’t feasible.”
So, it now looks like Democrats will more than likely try to use reconciliation again to pass through another spending measure.
The only hope we have now is that Senator Machin (D-W.V.) will hold true to his word and not vote “yes” on any bill that does not have Republican input.
He folded after pressure was put on him for the COVID relief bill, but hopefully, he will be able to stand up to the immense pressure he is about to face.
Source: Fox News