Former President Donald Trump is stepping up efforts to encourage resistance to President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda among Congress Republicans after nearly a dozen of them broke ranks with their party to support a bipartisan compromise on infrastructure negotiated with the White House.
In a statement Monday, the former president claimed GOP senators “have all the cards, including the political cards” to prevent more of Mr. Biden’s legislation from passing through the 50-split Senate. 50.
“The 19 senators who voted for the (no) infrastructure bill, of which only 11% is infrastructure as we know it, created a big setback for Republicans. They can’t make mistakes like that anymore. They must play all the cards in the game! Trump said, warning of an “attack on Democratic law that will further lead to the destruction of the United States.”
His comments come as it looks like the bipartisan infrastructure package will receive little to no Republican votes in the House thanks to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s efforts to keep his caucus in near-uniform opposition; the problem is the Democrat-led reconciliation bill that the party hopes to pass simultaneously without GOP support.
Democrats can afford very few defections on their own if the Republican defiance continues, a situation that has given House progressives an advantage as they seek to force more conservative members of the party to back the bill. reconciliation by threatening to vote against the bipartisan compromise unless the reconciliation bill passes.
Moderates have attempted to make similar demands, but the party leadership has so far sided with passing the full reconciliation bill first; President Nancy Pelosi has expressly sworn publicly that it will pass first on several occasions.
The two infrastructure bills represent the first major legislative push by the Biden administration outside of a Covid-19 relief plan that went through the party-line reconciliation process earlier this year, and come as the battle for control of the House and Senate midway through 2022 is just starting to heat up in the United States.
Congress is scheduled for a busy week as the two bills and the extension of the debt ceiling are all expected to be dealt with in the coming days; White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joked Monday that she and others had “Wheaties for Breakfast” and predicted several busy days of work this week, while pointing out that there was broad agreement on the basis of the bills within the Democratic caucus.
She also took the opportunity to note the continued outcry from Republicans over the influx of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border and claimed that despite criticism, the GOP Senate caucus had little or no appetite for work with Democrats to resolve issues.
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