Sen. Mitt Romney stated he takes President Biden “at his word” that he will sign a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal after walking back a threat to veto the laws, however questioned whether or not Democrats can get on board with the bundle.
“I do take the president at his word. And over the weeks and weeks of negotiations with Democrats and with the White House on an infrastructure bill, the president’s other agenda was never linked to the infrastructure effort,” Romney (R-Utah) stated on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Romney, one of many bipartisan group of lawmakers who introduced a deal final Thursday on the White House, touted the settlement as funding “true infrastructure” – bridges, roads and electrical utilities – and not using a tax hike.
He stated Republicans are on board with the infrastructure deal, however puzzled concerning the dedication from some progressive Democrats who’re urgent to incorporate extra spending on local weather change and different social applications.
“The real challenge is whether the Democrats can get their act together and get it on his desk. And I think the battle going on is not with Republicans. Republicans are going to support true infrastructure that doesn’t raise taxes,” the senator stated.
“But Democrats want to do a lot of other things, and I think they’re the ones that are having a hard time deciding how to proceed,” he stated.
Hours after standing exterior the White House with the bipartisan group on Thursday and proclaiming “we have a deal,” Biden threatened to not sign it until it got here to his desk together with a bigger spending plan that Democrats meant to move by reconciliation.
The maneuver would permit Democrats – who management the 50-50 chamber by advantage of Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote – to move it with a easy majority and bypass the filibuster, which might require 60 votes.
Biden’s feedback introduced blowback from progressive Democrats who needed extra spending and Republicans who felt the president had duped them into agreeing to the infrastructure bill.
By Saturday, Biden launched a brand new assertion in an effort to clear up the confusion.
“My comments created the impression that I was issuing a veto threat on the very plan I had just agreed to, which was certainly not my intent,” he stated.
“I intend to pursue the passage of that plan, which Democrats and Republicans agreed to on Thursday, with vigor,” Biden added. “It would be good for the economy, good for our country, good for our people. I fully stand behind it without reservation or hesitation.”
Romney stated with out the assertion, Republicans would haven’t been in a position to assist it.
“Had it not been clarified and had he not made it clear that these are two different measures – that the infrastructure bill stands on its own, and that his other agenda items, those things stand their own as well – had he not made that clear, it think it would have been very, very hard for Republicans to say yeah we we support this,” he stated.
“We’re not going to sign up for a multi-trillion dollar spending spree. We’re not going to sign up for dramatic increases in taxes on the American economy and the employers that put Americans back to work,” Romney stated.