Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been pushing for his agenda on the potential bipartisan infrastructure deal.
His intentions might prove to be a challenge to the carefully negotiated agreement between the Democrats and Republicans.
The Independent senator has been vocal about including the reconciliation package deal that would support working class citizens and that would directly help mitigate economic crises caused by climate change.
The senator insists on the radical approach and on the inclusion of the reconciliation bill in the infrastructure package.
Senator Sanders’s agenda might prove to be a tough sell for the Republicans.
The reconciliation bill includes trillions of dollars to be spent on measure that mainly target fighting against poverty, the amount of money that no sane Republican is willing to give up on after one of the worst economic and health crisis in the history of US.
Funding would be allocated from the rich classes and from taxes imposed on the corporations, something that most Republicans and Democrats are not too happy about.
This huge infrastructural investment would be pumped in childcare, education, and other Democrat priorities.
President Biden has cautiously indicated that he would support only the first bill in case the inclusion of the broader bill would make Republicans back out of the deal.
Nonetheless, his statements have since then been refuted in a statement released by the White House over the weekend.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) has urged the President to stop the Democrats from potentially ruining an agreement that has been previously made by both parties.
McConnel applauded President Biden’s veto walk-back, but urged that the Democratic leadership, namely Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, need to follow his lead.
Romney: The deal is non-negotiable
Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi have so far refused to concede to a possibility of a smaller bill without the increased spending.
McConnal finds that the Republicans have been working in the best faith to meet the realistic needs, and that the deal should be honored.
However, if the deal goes “south”, the Republicans will hold their grounds when it comes to passing the bill that would potentially cost tax payers trillions of dollars since there will be no room for additions and bigger infrastructure packages.
Senator McConnel warned the President that a bipartisan bill cannot be held hostage over a separate and partisan process.
On CNN’s “State of the Union”, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) declared that he trusts the President will sign the bill if it comes alone, as it was stated in the careful statement issued over the weekend.
For Senator Romney, the deal is non-negotiable and the Republicans will not allow wasteful spending, Green New Deal socialism, and increased taxes.