Biden recedes veto threat to infrastructure in Republican backlash
Washington-Saturday President Joe Biden regained the threat of refusing his bipartisan infrastructure deal in a fierce Republican backlash, jeopardizing a fragile deal shortly after it was reached.
In a prepared statement, Biden said Thursday that $ 1.2 trillion if Congress also passed a trillion-dollar package focused on “human infrastructure” outlined in his American family planning. “Of course, it upset some Republicans,” he said when he said he would only sign an infrastructure contract.
“My comments also gave the impression that the plan I just agreed to poses a veto threat, which was certainly not my intention,” Biden said.
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Republicans were furious at the situation, claiming they had never heard the president raise it during negotiations, including some of the 11 GOP senators who agreed to a bipartisan agreement. Some people threatened to elicit their support. Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C. Tweeted, “There is no blackmail transaction!” And Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan, reportedly reconsidered.
“For clarity, our bipartisan agreement does not prevent Republicans from trying to defeat my family plan. Similarly, they parallel that family plan with other proposals. You should not challenge my devoted efforts to get through. Let the Americans, and the Congress, make the decision.
“This is the point. I promised to support infrastructure planning. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
To appease Republican senators, Byden’s bipartisan infrastructure contract only includes spending on physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, railroads, broadband internet, water and sewage pipes, and electric vehicles. .. He also has climate initiatives and “human infrastructure” excluded from bipartisan arrangements, including home care, subsidized childcare, universal kindergartens, national paid family vacations, and the expansion of free community colleges. We are facing pressure from progressives to provide.
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Biden has revealed that he is pursuing a “dual-track strategy” that includes seeking parliamentary approval of the infrastructure bill with the Republican Party and a “human infrastructure” with the Democratic Party alone.
To get through the latter, he relies on a legislative measure called reconciliation. This will allow Democrats to win a majority in the 50-50 Senate and allow Vice President Kamala Harris to break potential ties.
Biden has been open to this strategy for weeks. But until Thursday-immediately after he announced the deal-the president did not stipulate the passage of a settlement package for him to sign an infrastructure bill.
“If they don’t come (both), I won’t sign it. It’s really easy,” Biden said Thursday.
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His withdrawal was the day after the White House rebelled against the president’s stance, which remained the same. “It wasn’t a secret,” spokesman Jen Psaki said at a White House briefing on Friday. “He doesn’t say it quietly. He doesn’t even whisper it. He says it very loudly.”
To pass the infrastructure bill, Biden faces the dual challenge of keeping both Democrats and Republicans involved. Eleven Republicans and ten Democrats upheld the bipartisan agreement, and the deal initially seemed likely to exceed the 60-vote threshold to defeat filibuster. But then there came criticism from Republicans that Biden had blinded them in his condition.
“Some other Democrats have said they might oppose infrastructure plans because they’ve omitted what they think is important. I think that’s a mistake,” Biden said. He said. “Some Republicans say I might oppose infrastructure plans because I’m also trying to get them through American family planning, which is also wrong in my view.
“Our country needs both, so we’ll do our best to get them through …. I’m confident that Congress will eventually deliver both to my desk, so each bill Can be signed quickly. “
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