Jordan says GOP senators should not work with Democrats to pass Biden-backed bipartisan bills.
“I wish they didn’t,” the Ohio lawmaker said of his Republican counterparts in the upper house.
Kevin McCarthy has taken a stand against much of Biden’s agenda, much to Jordan’s delight.
When President Joe Biden walked into the Oval Office last year, he expressed his commitment to working across the aisle with Republicans to craft legislation — something he has practiced over the course of his 36-year career in the Senate.
From last year’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package to a recent $52 billion chip funding bill, the administration has scored major successes in drawing support from Democrats and Republicans and breaking some of the filibuster that has become an all-too-common form of blocking legislation in recent years.
However, the wave of consensus is not going too well with Rep. Jim Jordan, the conservative Republican from Ohio and longtime ally of former President Donald Trump who could play a major role in Congress next year if the Republicans regain control of the House.
Jordan recently told Politico that Senate Republicans who join their Democratic counterparts in supporting Biden-backed legislation are “wrong.”
“I wish they didn’t,” the lawmaker said of his GOP counterparts in the upper house.
While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — known for his sharp partisan maneuverings from Supreme Court appointees to GOP-led tax plans — has been a surprising supporter of some of the Biden-approved laws, the House leader Congressman minority Kevin McCarthy of California led his caucus against most items on the administration’s agenda.
Jordan praised McCarthy for taking such a stance, telling Politico the GOP leader was “on the side of the American people.”
The Ohio Republican then argued that voters did not like the bipartisan legislation coming out of Congress.
“Look at all the pushbacks,” he added.
McCarthy opposed both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the CHIPS Act of 2022.
However, some Senate Republicans are wary of McCarthy’s approach to passing legislation, frustrated that he can vote down good bills and allow Democrats to portray the party as hardline.
GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who represents West Virginia alongside her Democratic counterpart, Sen. Joe Manchin, expressed such reservations.
“I wish [McCarthy] would look more deeply into some of the issues that we came together on, understanding that they might want to make changes,” she told Politico. “Being unilaterally against? I prefer to get things done, let’s put it that way.”
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