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Politics Infrastructure tests whether Biden can reach across the aisle and to his Left

11:55  22 july  2021
11:55  22 july  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that infrastructure negotiations between Senate Republicans and the White House are "the test " that "will determine whether we can work together in a bipartisan way on an important issue." She told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that she hopes the Senate Republicans are "trying to drive a wedge" between President Biden and his staff during negotiations over the White House's infrastructure proposal, political analyst Bill Scher argues, citing an email to the press from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.). Capito is leading the Republican effort to get

President Joe Biden faces a critical test in the coming days: whether his strategy for passing two infrastructure bills will produce something he can sign into law before the midterm elections consume Washington’s attention for a year.

Rob Portman, Joe Biden, Kyrsten Sinema are posing for a picture © Provided by Washington Examiner

Biden headed to Cincinnati for a town hall to promote his plans as the Senate failed to advance his bipartisan infrastructure framework on Wednesday.

"You had up to 20 Republicans sign the letter" on the deal, he said. "I come from a tradition in the Senate that you shake your hand, you make a deal."

The procedural vote is not fatal to the $1.2 trillion package — Senate Republicans who support the basic outline but are still haggling over some of the details aim for a redo next week — but it illustrates the difficult maneuver Biden and congressional Democrats are attempting.

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His far- reaching American Jobs Plan includes spending to repair aging roads and bridges, jump-start transit projects and rebuild school buildings and hospitals. The goal would be for broadband to become universal for all Americans and to drive down the costs for internet. The plan also calls for billion to improve public housing, million for Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, billion for community college infrastructure and million to plug oil and gas wells and reclaim abandoned mines.

Biden ticked off his accomplishments on the vaccine rollout and Covid relief, laid out his policy vision on a wide range of issues and passionately reminded the American people why we cannot ignore the significance of the Capitol attack --an assault on the democracywe must fight to preserve in the 21st century. Consistent with his campaign theme of working across the aisle , the President rightfully challenged Republicans to join him in a meaningful bipartisan effort to engage on major policy issues facing American families.

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The president wants to pass one smaller bill that mainly funds traditional infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges, that both sides can agree to. He would simultaneously like to sign a second, bigger bill that relies on a more expansive definition of infrastructure to include climate change and social welfare spending, which he hopes to get through Congress with just Democratic votes using the reconciliation process in the Senate.

Liberals fear the passage of the bipartisan bill will doom or dilute the reconciliation bill. Even some Republicans who support the bipartisan bill fret its prospects are connected to the reconciliation bill they oppose, which essentially restores much of the spending excluded from their preferred framework during their negotiations with Democrats and the White House.

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President Biden unveiled a more than trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package on Wednesday. The plan aims to revitalize U.S. transportation infrastructure , water systems, broadband and manufacturing, among other goals. The White House wants to ensure public transportation revitalization reaches communities of color harmed by past projects, such as highways built through neighborhoods. The administration also aims to focus efforts to make homes, schools, transportation and utility grids more resilient in marginalized communities more likely to bear the brunt of severe

(Not instantly, but his removal will be irreversibly set into motion.) Globalists are disappointed in Biden ’s inability to exterminate the required number of Americans. The cyber warfare component is likely to target the power grid infrastructure in an attempt to plunge America into darkness and chaos. I fully expect a heightened number of cyber warfare attacks on America within the next 90 days. Once America is sufficiently weakened from within, both Chinese and Russian troops will be activated within America, combined with troops stationed in Mexico pouring northward, across the southern border.

Activists who support Biden were never enthusiastic about boosting two separate bills and worried Republicans could abandon them on both. Many conservatives oppose both bills, citing concerns about inflation, the national debt, and unspent COVID-19 relief funds.

Biden discovered the difficulty of this two-step when, hours after announcing a bipartisan deal at the White House, he appeared to threaten to veto it if the reconciliation bill did not also pass. After Republicans said they felt double-crossed, he later clarified he was not actually threatening a veto.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not take up a bipartisan bill if the reconciliation plan did not pass. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist who chairs the Senate Budget Committee and lost to Biden in the Democratic primaries, said the same.

“After Republicans have worked in good faith for months in pursuit of a ‘bipartisan’ budget deal, Democrats have simply advanced every one of their priorities in an extreme, Bernie Sanders-backed partisan reconciliation package,” said Heritage Action executive director Jessica Anderson in a statement earlier this month. “That’s not negotiation — it’s bulldozing.”

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5 Biden pledged during his primary campaign to make history with his running mate pick, saying he’d only consider women. He followed through on that by selecting a lawmaker from one of the demographic groups who supported him the most — Black women — and the fastest growing And I promise you I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did. 7 Biden ’s pledge to reach across the aisle on policy and to earn the support of those who did not back him, rather than primarily viewing them as political enemies, was a mainstay of his candidacy, and it was a major

The apparent contradiction dates back to Biden’s campaign for the presidency. He defeated Sanders for the nomination, arguing only a mainstream Democrat could win. He then had to motivate Sanders’s supporters to turn out for him in the general election, as they had not done so in sufficient numbers for Hillary Clinton in 2016, while also reassuring suburban voters he was a bipartisan deal-maker.

This led to telling one group of voters he was no wild-eyed liberal — Biden mocked predictions his election would lead to the end of capitalism in remarks at the White House just this week — while promising another set of voters he was.

Biden has attempted to replicate this campaign strategy on infrastructure, but it has proved more challenging in plain sight of lawmakers.

“How far Left is the Democrats’ reckless $3.5 trillion spending spree?” Republican National Committee rapid response director Tommy Pigott asked in a statement hitting the reconciliation bill. “Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are openly bragging it’s an 'enormous progressive victory.'”

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That price tag is down from the $6 trillion to $10 trillion figure some liberals wanted. However, some of the reduction is due to the sunset provisions required by reconciliation and includes spending that will likely be continued afterward.

Still, it is up from Biden’s opening bid of more than $2.2 trillion.

The White House isn’t ready to concede defeat.

“This is a motion to proceed,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s setback. “It is not a final vote on the legislation.”

The White House has tried to put the legislative process in the Democratic congressional leaders’ hands.

“The only disagreement right now is around some pay-fors, which we're working through and we're having discussions about,” Psaki added. “But, again, there's ample precedent, and we support [Senate Majority] Leader Chuck Schumer’s strategy of moving this forward.”

Biden nevertheless predicted the bipartisan framework would move forward soon.

"Monday," he predicted Wednesday night. "I'm not being facetious."

He continued throughout the CNN event to vacillate between calls for bipartisanship, during which he praised Ohio Republicans and sharp criticism of the GOP.

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"You keep your word. And I've found Rob Portman does that," Biden said, referring to the Buckeye State's GOP senator. "I've found ... your governor [Mike DeWine] is a good man. You shake his hand, it’s done.”

How to strengthen the bipartisan infrastructure framework by controlling costs

  How to strengthen the bipartisan infrastructure framework by controlling costs Washington policymakers can accomplish more with less by maximizing the impact each dollar of spending has through better cost controls and project prioritization . The near-doubling of federal infrastructure spending over the next eight years included in the bipartisan infrastructure framework offers enough money to build back better with transformative public investments - as long as it's spent wisely.Ben Ritz is the director of the Progressive Policy Institute's Center for Funding America's Future.

The infrastructure outcome is important to Biden, who is looking for legislative wins ahead of next year’s elections, in which Democrats will be defending razor-thin margins. As in last year’s campaign, he will want to show he can deliver on both a liberal policy agenda and bipartisan deal-making.

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