The day after President Biden touted a deal with a bipartisan group of senators on an infrastructure package, other Republican lawmakers have raised objections.
The infrastructure deal, presented to the White House by five Democratic and five Republican senators, proposes $1.2 trillion in core infrastructure spending on items such as roads, bridges and waterways. Democrats who have said their willingness to advance the infrastructure package depends on whether a second, $6 trillion dollar spending package, focused on other Democratic “human infrastructure” priorities, including child care and housing, can also get passed in Congress.
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the 11 Republicans who initially backed the bipartisan deal, called Biden’s conditioning of the bipartisan package on a reconciliation bill moving in tandem, “the ultimate deal breaker for me.” Graham tweeted: “No deal by extortion!” Continuing he said “It was never suggested to me during these negotiations that President Biden was holding hostage the bipartisan infrastructure proposal unless a liberal reconciliation package was also passed.”
“If this is the only one that comes to me, I’m not signing it,” Biden said, referring to the infrastructure package. “It’s in tandem.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected claims that Biden pulled a fast one on Republicans. “You all have heard the president say multiple times publicly that he wanted to — he was going to move these bills — wanted to move forward in parallel paths, and that’s exactly what’s happening,” Psaki said. “That hasn’t been a secret, he hasn’t said it quietly he hasn’t he whispered it he said it very much, out loud to all of you as we have said many times from here.”
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