That’s the message from Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermonter who chairs the Budget Committee. “Personally, I don’t think Republicans are serious about tackling the major crises in this country. Maybe I’m wrong, but there is no way we will wait indefinitely,” he told Politico. He would know he had to deal with Graham as the GOP leader on his committee. “We’ll move forward quickly,” Sanders vowed. “You have something to say? Now is the time to say it.” Yes it would be, but they’re too busy figuring out how to stop things.
Sanders’ warning is allegedly directed at President Biden, fearing that he will be too willing to waste time getting Republicans on board if he wants to get that big – $ 2 trillion – and they say they are may be stretching to $ 800 billion. This follows Biden’s statement Monday that he is “ready to compromise” at another meeting with a non-partisan group of lawmakers, all former governors and mayors. At the same time, Biden said, while he wants a bipartisan bill, he is fine if Democrats go it alone with reconciliation, if that is what it takes to get the bill out.
Given that Biden has gone through this game with Republicans once before under America’s bailout, his COVID-19 relief bill, it is not time for Democrats to panic about his intentions, all of his brave plans at work to sacrifice to the change in bipartisanism. We are seeing a great deal of repetition of this package – Biden invites them to participate, asks for their input, and if it doesn’t come off, they go on without them. He has already conveyed this message to Republicans, reminding them that “Republican voters are fine with what I am doing”.
He can also argue that he has the American company increasingly on his side. The fact that the Chamber of Commerce has not opposed Biden’s infrastructure plan and endorses its investment pieces, and that Big Tech is essentially tied to Biden’s plan – even with a corporate tax hike – is a major blow to Republicans. When a corporate interest group calls it, “A deal the tech industry can take on: Pay more taxes, get better infrastructure,” Republicans have to blanch. That is a corporate tax affirmation for higher taxes per se. What will Republicans find to counter this?
Especially when voters support Biden’s ideas. Biden and his team pushed ahead with the winning idea from the bailout that “non-partisan” does not mean winning over the Senate Republicans. “If you were to search for ‘non-partisan’ in the dictionary, I think it would mean the support of Republicans and Democrats,” Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn said of the debate a few weeks ago. “It doesn’t mean Republicans have to be in Congress.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki retransmitted the message after Biden’s meeting on Monday, telling the bipartisan group that not acting is not an option. Psaki said, “The only thing we cannot do is not invest in our nation’s infrastructure, rebuild our economy and create millions of jobs.”
This is a message for those “moderate” Democrats who continue to insist that Republicans really want to help, as it is for these Republicans. This is what Rep. Norma Torres, a California Democrat who attended the White House meeting Monday, seemed to come out of the meeting. She later told reporters that as talks with Republicans move, everyone “has to work towards a yes. Not some of us are working towards a yes and negotiating against ourselves, others are working towards a no and negotiating a bill that is for.” that’s how important our community is. “
This is where the bulk of Democratic senators come up – they all appear to be speaking to both officials like Joe Manchin and Republicans. “It is the right thing to do in good faith. But remember: [there’s a] template […] that cannot be repeated [Republicans] I’m just trying to stop time and burn it, “Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley told Politico.” I would support the use of reconciliation, but you must have 50 votes. And it is not clear that there is a path available to us at this point. “Again, Manchin insists that Republicans get involved, the same Republicans who are currently spending more time derailing the bill than creating it.
Senate CFO Ron Wyden summed up the Democrats’ message pretty well to officials like Manchin. “At some point you have to leave if you just see that there is no real effort to bridge a sensible bipartisan agreement, because that’s what people rely on. […] You get to this point, if you wait longer, people will get hurt. “