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Biden ally in U.S. Senate says Republicans have until end of May for infrastructure deal

PoliticsApr 07, 2021 02:55PM ET
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By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress have until the end of May to negotiate provisions of an infrastructure bill before Democrats opt to move sweeping legislation on their own, one of U.S. President Joe Biden's closest Senate allies predicted on Wednesday.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Biden's home state of Delaware said several senior Senate Republicans had privately signaled they would support a package of up to $1 trillion that targets roads, bridges and other typical infrastructure areas and includes some tax increases to pay for legislation.

Biden has proposed a more sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure package, which invests in traditional projects but also seeks to change the course of the U.S. economy by addressing climate change and boosting human services such as elder care.

The president and his Democratic allies, who narrowly control both houses of Congress, have insisted that they want Republican support for the package but will not wait long before deciding whether to move forward on their own.

"I believe that President Biden is open to spending the next month negotiating what the possibility is," Coons told Punchbowl News in an interview. He said he spoke to the president earlier this week.

If no clear deal exists by the May 31 Memorial Day holiday, Coons added, "I think Democrats just roll it up into a big package and move it."

Biden is expected to meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on infrastructure next week, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Coons said talks with "several fairly seasoned senior Republicans" suggest bipartisan support for a narrower bill that could be funded partially by higher gasoline taxes and a new fee for electric vehicles to be dedicated to road infrastructure.

But the president's larger plan faces determined opposition from Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who describes the Biden package as "a Trojan horse" for tax hikes and unnecessary spending.

"There's broad bipartisan support for tackling the infrastructure issue. But it depends on what your definition is," McConnell told a Wednesday news conference in his home state of Kentucky.

"Infrastructure is roads, is bridges. It's broadband. But beyond that, they've thrown everything but the kitchen sink into it," he said.

Republican opposition raises the odds Democrats will use a maneuver called reconciliation to pass a package with just their own votes. Democrats control half the 100 seats in the Senate with Kamala Harris, Biden's vice president, the tie-breaking 51st vote.

Biden ally in U.S. Senate says Republicans have until end of May for infrastructure deal
 

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Umi Williams
Umi Williams 22 minutes ago
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𝚓𝗎𝗌𝗍 𝖼𝗁𝖾𝖼𝗄 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗄 𝗂𝖿 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗂𝗇𝗍𝖾𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 $ 1𝚖 𝗂𝗇 90 𝖽𝖺𝗒𝗌 𝗎𝗌𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗉𝗋𝗂𝖾𝗍𝖺𝗋𝗒 𝗆𝗈𝗇𝖾𝗒 𝗌𝗒𝗌𝗍𝖾𝗆. 𝚒𝗍'𝗌 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎 𝗍𝗈 𝗎𝗌𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝖼𝖺𝗇 𝗋𝖾𝖼𝖾𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 𝖼𝗈𝗆𝗆𝗂𝗌𝗌𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝗉𝖺𝗒𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇 24 𝗁𝗈𝗎𝗋𝗌. 𝚊𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗏𝖺𝗍𝖾 𝗁𝖾𝗋𝖾: 𝖺𝖽𝖾𝗂𝖽𝗄𝖺.𝗍𝗄
Toby Tufa
Toby Tufa 4 hours ago
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𝚓𝗎𝗌𝗍 𝖼𝗁𝖾𝖼𝗄 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗄 𝗂𝖿 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗂𝗇𝗍𝖾𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 $ 1𝚖 𝗂𝗇 90 𝖽𝖺𝗒𝗌 𝗎𝗌𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗉𝗋𝗂𝖾𝗍𝖺𝗋𝗒 𝗆𝗈𝗇𝖾𝗒 𝗌𝗒𝗌𝗍𝖾𝗆. 𝚒𝗍'𝗌 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎 𝗍𝗈 𝗎𝗌𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝖼𝖺𝗇 𝗋𝖾𝖼𝖾𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 𝖼𝗈𝗆𝗆𝗂𝗌𝗌𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝗉𝖺𝗒𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇 24 𝗁𝗈𝗎𝗋𝗌. 𝚊𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗏𝖺𝗍𝖾 𝗁𝖾𝗋𝖾: 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐛𝐚𝐬.𝐠𝐚
Sara Young
Sara Young 4 hours ago
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𝚛𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲 $ 10,000. 𝚑𝗲𝗿𝗲'𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝘄: 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 $ 10,000 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘁. 𝚐𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗱. 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗱 $ 10,000 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻'𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁. 𝚑𝗲𝗿𝗲'𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝘄: 𝚑𝗶 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲? 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 "𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸𝘆" 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲? 𝚌𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗎𝗃𝖾𝗃𝗌𝖼𝖺.𝗆𝗅
John Raymond
John Raymond Apr 07, 2021 4:34PM ET
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less than 5% of what is proposed is for traditional infrastructure. mcconnell is quite right. same as covid relief 1.9 trln containing less than 9% covid relief. typical biden and socialist dems. no significant real investment. total naivete in climate change to think china will cooperate when they have a 15 yrs exemption under paris accord. use of reconciliation is ignoring the will of the people and will haunt them in the midterms
 
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