[Ed. – Pelosi and Schumer have been saying this for weeks: the infrastructure compromise by the Senate “gang” will be hostage to the Democrats’ larger overall spending plan and reversal of the 2017 tax rate cuts. This week, Biden in essence held two press conferences the same day: one with the Senate gang and one without. In the second one, he reiterated Pelosi’s and Schumer’s vows. The “compromise” infrastructure package must be accompanied by tax hikes and all the spending the Democrats want (adopted by reconciliation). Republicans, seeming a bit thick after all the warnings, are upset.]
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday sent a strong signal to President Joe Biden that his demand to tie a multi-trillion reconciliation package to the bipartisan infrastructure deal has very little chance of passing the House of Representatives.
“I think my members need a chiropractor ‘cause they got whiplash after watching the president yesterday say there was a deal and say there was no deal, say: ‘You can have a deal on the trillion dollars on infrastructure, but you’ve got to vote for $5 trillion at the same time too, and you’ve got to raise taxes on everybody, and you’ve got to have a green new deal,’” McCarthy said in a press conference.
“I don’t think that’s going to work. I don’t think that’s going to pass. I think they killed any opportunity. I think it was disingenuous in every shape and form,” the House Republican leader added.