ABC reporter Terry Morgan seemed not to be able to hold back his disappointment of President Joe Biden’s leadership after Democrats failed to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and put a serious kink in Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had promised to get the bill passed, but as Morgan reported, the process was “more than messy,” before it finally hit a wall on Thursday night.
“The mood here is from giddy hopes, to exhaustion and resignation,” he reported from the White House.
“There’s just no papering over how tough a blow this is to Biden. He’s the leader of his Party. Democrats set this deadline and he failed to unite the Party to get it done.”
Congress avoided a government shutdown, but Pelosi failed to put the bill on the floor for a vote after moderate Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) refused to support it.
The Democrat holdouts could face mounting pressure from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the coming days, as the progressive wing of the party is united in stopping the infrastructure bill’s passage without simultaneously passing another massive $3.5 trillion spending bill.
Socialist Dem. Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) railed against Pelosi and said the infrastructure deal should face imminent defeat.
Sanders reiterated to CNN that both bills need to be passed together, or no deal: “It is an absurd way to do business, to be negotiating a multi-trillion-dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what’s going on.” He continued, “That’s unacceptable. And I think what has got to happen is that tonight, the bipartisan infrastructure bill must be defeated. And we can sit down and work out a way to pass both pieces of legislation.”
The White House issued a statement via Twitter touting the unbelievable message that Biden’s massive agenda costs nothing:
President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda costs $0. It is fully paid for by:
– closing tax loopholes
– cracking down on wealthy tax cheats
– making the tax code fairer
And it won't raise taxes a single penny for anyone making under $400k.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 1, 2021
However, the White House faced a flurry of criticism on the murky details of the agenda and Republicans fired back at the absurd claim:
This is a lie. https://t.co/Ik8RCuUenl
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 27, 2021
This is completely false. The largest spending spree in government history will cost “zero dollars”? That defies logic and basic math. Alongside massive tax increases, it will add trillions to the debt. Peddling false narratives won’t change those facts. https://t.co/vrnxF58LX9
— Rep. Steve Womack (@rep_stevewomack) September 26, 2021
Political scientist Ian Bremmer expressed support for Biden’s plan, but stated that it specifically is “not costless.”
I strongly support the new infrastructure plan.
It is not costless. https://t.co/ASNnWXtJNB
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 27, 2021
Sen. Tom Cotton called Biden “very confused” when commenting on the White House status update:
Biden thinks his $3.5 trillion reckless spending plan "costs zero dollars"?
He is very confused. https://t.co/aNUyBnq5Up
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 26, 2021
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