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Politics House Republicans, Reject the Infrastructure Deal

00:05  30 october  2021
00:05  30 october  2021 Source:   nationalreview.com

Americans want new infrastructure — and they're willing to pay for it

  Americans want new infrastructure — and they're willing to pay for it They believe that those who use infrastructure should pay for it but believe equally that the federal and state governments, through taxes, should also fund our infrastructure. I recently conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans through the Development Research Institute at New York University to examine Americans' attitudes and opinions about key infrastructure issues. Sixty-eight percent reported they were willing to pay more in exchange for safer and more reliable infrastructure.

Another President Biden visit to Capitol Hill ended in failure on Thursday. Despite Biden’s saying that his presidency depends on what happens legislatively over the next week, and House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s urging her members not to embarrass the president ahead of his trip to Europe, a planned House vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill had to be pulled yet again.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) speaks at a news conference on infrastructure on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021. © Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) speaks at a news conference on infrastructure on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021.

The Democrats made some progress, announcing a framework for the companion $1.75 trillion reconciliation bill, but the effort to get the infrastructure bill over the finish line in the House foundered on continued progressive opposition.

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The House leadership is now talking of trying again on infrastructure next week, with a key question being whether there will be enough votes among House Republicans to make up for losses on Pelosi’s left flank.

There shouldn’t be — Republicans should vote against this bill on the merits, and also do nothing to make it easier to pass what, between the infrastructure bill and reconciliation, is essentially a joint proposal for trillions in new spending.

The background, of course, is that the Democrats have 50 seats in the Senate and a cushion in the House of Representatives of just three votes, and yet they are trying to ram through the sort of expansive policy agenda that can only practically be countenanced after a landslide. If, as the president insists, his entire legacy rests upon the passage of this pair of unjustifiably ambitious bills, the obvious solution would be to drop those bills and do something else.

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  Confrontations, chaos, confusion: How Biden's agenda stalled yet again It started when a top House progressive and the White House chief of staff got on the phone. It ended with sheer Democratic frustration.As Biden prepared for the high-stakes meeting with House Democrats on Thursday, Jayapal made an urgent plea on a call with White House chief of staff Ron Klain: Don’t send the president to pressure liberals to vote Thursday on the Senate’s infrastructure bill without a more progressive social spending bill that’s fully done.

Instead, Democrats are trying to have it both ways. On the one hand, they continue to push the monstrous reconciliation bill, into which they have jammed as much of President Biden’s agenda as they can, and which they intend to pass on a party-line vote. On the other, they hope to pass a less sweeping — but still unnecessary and unaffordable — $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill ($550 billion in new spending) that has already cleared the Senate. On the face of it, this shouldn’t be a problem. First, the Democrats could pass the infrastructure bill — potentially with some Republican support — and, having done so, they could turn to their larger project. But there’s a snag, in that the people who want the reconciliation bill — namely the progressives — don’t trust the people who want the infrastructure bill — namely the relative moderates — not to walk away once they’ve gotten what they wanted. And so, in an attempt to avoid this outcome, the progressives have resolved to sit on the infrastructure bill until it is clear to them that the reconciliation bill will pass, too. Thus far, nobody has blinked.

Voters oppose holding infrastructure hostage

  Voters oppose holding infrastructure hostage In the view of those surveyed, if representatives believe that the infrastructure bill is good for Americans, they should vote for it. If they don’t, they should vote against it. The poll results suggest that it will be very hard for both Democrats and Republicans to defend any other position in next year's midterm congressional elections.Keith Allred is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) and a former professor of negotiation and conflict resolution at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2011, the University of Arizona created NICD with founding honorary co-chairs George H.W.

It is still unclear how this impasse will be resolved. What is clear, however, is that the Republican Party would be foolish to bail the Democrats out of their current jam in the House. Earlier in the year, we warned Republicans against acquiescing to another half-trillion dollars in new spending, this time on infrastructure. The bill is another exercise in spending money that we don’t have; the legislation includes progressive priorities on climate and other matters that stray beyond roads and bridges; and any bill Republicans helped write was clearly going to be folded into the Democrats’ larger spending project. And so it has come to pass. A month ago, we warned Republicans that, with the progressives digging in, Nancy Pelosi would soon come looking for their help in passing the infrastructure bill. That, too, has come to pass.

By the latest count, it seems possible that up to ten Republican representatives — including Don Young (Alaska), Don Bacon (Neb.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Fred Upton (Mich.), John Katko (N.Y.), and Blake Moore (Utah) — could provide Pelosi with the votes that she cannot wangle from her own party.

Here are the 6 House Democrats that voted against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

  Here are the 6 House Democrats that voted against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Six progressive Democrats - all members who make up the "The Squad" - rejected the legislation, an action that they had warned about for months.The legislation, officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, has been a core tenet of Biden's agenda centered on repairing the nation's beleaguered transportation network, in addition to boosting access to broadband connections and putting into place a network of electric vehicle chargers.

There is a case that if the infrastructure bill passes, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema would feel emboldened to walk away from the reconciliation bill — exactly what the progressives fear. But if Pelosi continues to fail to muster the votes for the infrastructure bill, there’s a chance that the internal Democratic dynamic becomes more poisonous. And time is not on the party’s side, especially with a potential Glenn Youngkin victory looming in the Virginia gubernatorial race next week. Regardless, Republicans shouldn’t lend bipartisan credibility to any part of a historic spending blowout, much of which involves extending the social-welfare state on the assumption that new programs will never be rolled back.

At the end of the day, Joe Biden and his party are in such a morass because they are trying to dramatically expand the federal government without the majorities in Congress necessary to do so. It is not the role of the Republican Party to lend a helping hand.

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Republicans Who Backed Infrastructure Face Attacks Conflating It With Social Spending Bill .
"Many are saying the stuff in the second bill was in this [infrastructure] bill. It's disinformation intended to divide and raise their ratings," said Rep. Don Bacon.The 13 Republican lawmakers who supported the infrastructure legislation, which passed by a vote of 228 to 206, included: Don Bacon of Nebraska; Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; Andrew Garbarino of New York; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Nicole Malliotakis of New York; David McKinley of West Virginia; Tom Reed of New York; Chris Smith of New Jersey; Fred Upton of Michigan; Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey; and Don Young of Alaska.

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