Mitch McConnell PRAISES Biden for getting the $1.2T infrastructure bill passed and brushes off criticism from Trump
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised President Joe Biden Wednesday for getting the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill across the line, while brushing off criticism from former President Donald Trump.
‘There’s nothing to back you up like the promise of a presidential signatory, if you’re in the same party as the president,’ McConnell told The Wall Street Journal. ‘And so I think the president deserves a lot of credit for getting the Democrats open to reaching a bipartisan agreement on this bill.’
When Trump’s name was brought up, McConnell refused to talk about the Republican ex-president, telling the Journal he was focused on the future.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised President Joe Biden Wednesday for getting the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill across the line in an interview with The Wall Street Journal
Former President Donald Trump has hammered McConnell in recent statements over the Kentucky Republican’s willingness to let Biden have a win on infrastructure
Part of that future is the 2022 midterm races that could flip the House and Senate back to the Republicans if they play their cards right.
Trump blasted McConnell for allowing the infrastructure deal to go through because he believed it would help the Democrats in those races.
‘This will be a big victory for the Democrats and will be used against Republicans in the upcoming elections,’ Trump said in a statement sent out Sunday.
McConnell disagreed with this assessment, arguing that Republicans are now able to take credit for well-liked policy.
‘Infrastructure is popular with both Republicans and Democrats,’ McConnell said. ‘The American people, divided, sent us a 50-50 Senate and a narrowly divided House. I don’t think the message from that was, “Do absolutely nothing.” And if you’re going to find an area of potential agreement, I can’t think of a better one than infrastructure, which is desperately needed.’
Trump also pushed that McConnell had opened the door for the Democrats to pass the larger, $3.5 trillion budget bill, which they want to use to help tackle broader problems like poverty and climate change.
‘Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow,’ Trump argued Tuesday in the run-up to the infrastructure vote.
‘I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics – now I don’t have to be quiet anymore,’ the ex-president also offered.
Biden complimented McConnell when delivering remarks about the Senate’s passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Tuesday at the White House
To the Journal, McConnell argued that Republicans can run on the fact that they got behind infrastructure, but didn’t support taxpayer dollars flowing to more liberal priorities.
‘I think it makes it harder, because infrastructure is popular, and what they’re about to do starting today is not popular,’ he said of Democrats’ ability to pass the $3.5 trillon budget bill – which won’t need Republican votes because they plan to pass it in the Senate using reconciliation.
‘So it extricates from the reckless tax and spending spree that one issue that could have appealed to the public,’ McConnell said.
The White House has made it clear that Biden wants to see both bills passed.
In remarks Tuesday, Biden was also complimentary of McConnell, who he served with in the U.S. Senate before becoming vice president.
‘This is transformational. I know compromise is hard for both sides, but it’s important – it’s important, it’s necessary – for a democracy to be able to function,’ the president said.
‘So, I want to thank everyone on both sides of the aisle for supporting this bill … I want to thank the Republican – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for supporting the bill,’ Biden said.