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McConnell accuses Dems of ‘let radical left run Capitol Hill’ after infrastructure vote is canceled

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has criticized Democrats for poor leadership after they stalled the vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan amid party members’ postponements.

McConnell, who released a statement on Saturday, accused Democrats of “by letting the radical left run Capitol Hill.”

“This united Democratic administration must stop putting radical wish lists above the grassroots level or they will plunge our nation into even more foreseeable and avoidable crises under their care,” he said.

McConnell’s criticism comes as Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have each expressed frustration at the stalled legislation, stressing that passing both the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package is essential for Americans.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has accused Democratic leadership of ‘letting the radical left run Capitol Hill’

The Republican leader called on Democrats to postpone the infrastructure vote for the third time, arguing that they cannot pass the legislation despite the party controlling the White House and Congress.

“Democrats control Washington, but they can’t rule,” McConnell said.

“They can’t even pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that President Biden negotiated and that President Pelosi promised would pass this week.”

In addition, he accused the party of putting the American people in one of the worst positions the country has seen in the past three decades.

“Socialists like Senator Bernie Sanders rebelled and defeated the government’s infrastructure bill. With Americans already suffering the worst inflation in 30 years, Democrats have taken our roads, bridges, ports, airports and waterways hostage to stem a historically reckless tax and spending wave that would hurt families and help China.” he said.

McConnell released a statement Saturday in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who postponed the vote on the infrastructure bill for the third time.

McConnell released a statement Saturday in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who postponed the vote on the infrastructure bill for the third time.

McConnell also criticized the party for its internal conflict, indirectly calling out the leadership’s inability to appease moderate Democratic budget supporters – Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

“While the Democrats have been arguing with each other for weeks, they have ignored basic governance duties,” he wrote.

“Thursday, the mismanagement of the Senate Democrats brought us close to shutting down the government. And for two and a half months this fully-democratic government has known to use an accelerated party line process to raise the debt ceiling, but they have done nothing.”

Pelosi – who previously promised to bring up the measure on Monday and Thursday – has admitted “more time is needed” to pass the legislation after the two sides failed to reach a deal on the broader $3 spending package. .5 trillion.

She sent a letter to fellow Democrats on Saturday stating that she wants the legislation passed before the end of the month.

“There is a deadline for the surface transport authorization of October 31, after the passing of a critical 30-day extension last night. We have to pass [Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework] well before then — the sooner the better, to get the jobs there,” Pelosi wrote.

“We will and must approve both bills shortly. We have the responsibility and the ability to do that. People wait and want results.’

Biden repeated her message, saying, “Everyone is frustrated, it’s part of being in government, being frustrated.”

Both President Joe Biden (left) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) have argued that passing both the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package are necessary for the good of the American people.

Both President Joe Biden (left) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) have argued that passing both the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package are necessary for the good of the American people.

Breakdown of the $1.2T BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE ACCOUNT

$110 billion for roads and bridges

$39 billion for public transportation

$66 billion for railroads

$65 Billion for Broadband Internet Expansion

$25 billion to repair major airports

$7.5 billion for the first-ever network of electric vehicle charging stations

$21 billion to respond to environmental problems like pollution

$73 billion to modernize the US energy grid

FINANCING

$650 billion in funding for the bill comes from existing, planned investments in the country’s roads, highways and bridges

New spending is needed for the remaining $550 billion over the next five years

Democrats wanted to fund the rest through tax revenues like a new gas tax

Republicans wanted to raise money through fees for those who use the new infrastructure

The two-pronged compromise, sure to spark heated discussions, proposed using $205 billion in unused COVID-19 aid and unemployment relief that was turned down by some states

The president also pledged to “work like hell” to get the two pillars of his domestic agenda into law, but declined to set a new deadline.

‘I support them both. And I think we can get them both done,” he told Fox News.

His statement came after Biden went to Capitol Hill on Friday for a private meeting with House Democrats, which was partly a morale booster for the disjointed caucus of lawmakers.

At that meeting, the president offered to cut more than a trillion dollars from his massive spending account. He pleaded with House progressives to agree to cut about $1.5 trillion from the broader bill, according to lawmakers in the chamber.

The president is said to have left Friday’s meeting “with a firm belief that there was a shared commitment from across the Democratic Caucus to perform for the American people.”

“The president and his team will work closely with members of both the House and Senate throughout the weekend,” the White House said in a statement released Saturday.

“And he looks forward to not only welcoming members to the White House next week, but also traveling across the country to defend his bold and ambitious agenda.”

However, some Democratic lawmakers have echoed McConnell’s claim, suggesting that the president is giving the budgetary resources too much power.

“Manchin and Sinema – should we just call them co-presidents at this point,” grumbled one Democrat who left the meeting, according to The Hill.

“Is that what it comes down to?”

Sinema, who has vowed to reject the infrastructure measure, spoke on Twitter on Saturday, calling the canceled vote “deeply disappointing” and a betrayal of the confidence of the American people.

“The failure of the US House to vote on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is inexcusable and deeply disappointing for communities across our country,” she wrote.

Denying Americans millions of high-paying jobs, safer roads, cleaner water, more reliable electricity, and better broadband only harms everyday families.

Senator Joe Manchin

Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Senators Joe Manchin, left, and Kyrsten Sinema, right, both moderate Democrats, are key opponents preventing the party from passing ambitious spending bills

Sinema continued: “I have never, and never would, agree to an agreement that would hold one piece of legislation hostage to another.

“However, good faith negotiations require trust. Over the course of this year, Democratic leaders have made conflicting promises that couldn’t all be kept—and sometimes pretended there were no disagreements within our party, even when those disagreements were repeatedly made directly and publicly clear. ‘

Meanwhile, West Virginia, Manchin — who is also blocking the bill — stands against the 96-member strong Congressional Progressive Caucus, who have united in a voting bloc against the infrastructure plan until Senate moderates agree to support the broader social agenda.

On Saturday, he told protesters that lawmakers are actively working to reach a compromise.

“We work hard, we really do,” Manchin said.

‘We want to get a good bill, a balanced bill, that’s well done. And I know it won’t be enough for some, too much for others.’

sen.  Joe Manchin, speaking to protesters aboard his $700,000 yacht on Saturday, said lawmakers are actively working on a compromise

sen. Joe Manchin, speaking to protesters aboard his $700,000 yacht on Saturday, said lawmakers are actively working on a compromise

Manchin told the protesters: 'We work hard, we really do.  We want to get a good bill, a balanced bill, that's well done.  And I know it won't be enough for some, it'll be too much for others'

Manchin told the protesters: ‘We work hard, we really do. We want to get a good bill, a balanced bill, that’s well done. And I know it won’t be enough for some, it’ll be too much for others’

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