Usually, it’s the Republicans that invent new and creative ways of failing to pass legislation while the Democrats find ways to exercise power well beyond any mandate they’ve been given.
But this time, Biden may have just demanded too much. It looks like he overplayed his hand.
The Dems managed to work out a ‘bipartisan’ Infrastructure bill. They managed to cobble together enough votes to slip it through the Senate. It found its way to Joe’s desk…
Now he is issuing an ultimatum. If he doesn’t get another $6 Billion in wish list spending in another bill, he will refuse to sign it.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is accusing the Biden administration of being “disingenuous” in saying they were supportive of the scaled-down bipartisan infrastructure package, before abruptly demanding a larger package be passed in conjunction — adding that it will make future negotiations on major priorities more difficult.
President Biden on Thursday endorsed a single bipartisan infrastructure deal to spend $1.2 trillion over eight years, before pivoting at a press conference hours later, stating that he’s “not signing it” without a second deal containing more spending on “human infrastructure” than was agreed to.
Biden’s comments echoed those of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who told reporters that the bill would not come to the House floor without an accompanying reconciliation bill to address social spending. —NYPost
Predictably, this is all going over like a lead balloon.
No deal by extortion!
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. https://t.co/JgYFma6oI0
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 25, 2021
Less than two hours after publicly endorsing our colleagues’ bipartisan agreement on infrastructure, the President took the extraordinary step of threatening to veto it. That’s not the way to show you’re serious about getting a bipartisan outcome. pic.twitter.com/X19VKDAoul
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) June 24, 2021
Joe must know all sorts of old-timey expressions about a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush.
Is he about to piddle away any wins he’s scored because he thinks he can swing for the fences?
What’s the best way for the GOP to proceed from here? Glenn Beck has a pretty reasonable solution.
So President Biden won't sign his infrastructure bill unless Congress also passes a budget reconciliation bill for the rest of his radical proposals.
GOOD. We don't want these bills in the first place. pic.twitter.com/LNRH5SHI0U
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 25, 2021