Biden Strikes $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Then Ups the Ante to Bypass GOP
In a rare moment of bipartisanship, a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans struck a deal with the president on a plan to address America's infrastructure, however, within hours of the handshake the Commander in Chief and top Democrats announced conditions on the deal.
"We have a deal," President Biden announced as he walked out of the White House surrounded by a bipartisan group of senators.
With most of his top legislative priorities stalled on Capitol Hill, he announced he'd struck a $1.2 trillion deal on a scaled-back version of his infrastructure plan.
"None of us got everything we wanted. I clearly didn't get all I wanted, but this reminds me of the days we used to get an awful lot done up in the United States Congress," he explained to reporters.
Meeting a key Republican demand, the plan does not raise taxes. Instead it's paid for by unused COVID-19 relief funds and stepped-up IRS enforcement on tax cheaters.
"We've been talking about the need for a large infrastructure package for decades. Today we are delivering," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
The deal falls well short of the president's original proposal and liberal Democrats immediately demanded more.
"I think it is way too small. Paltry, pitiful, and I will insist on a second package that not only addresses more roads, bridges, and other tangible assets, but also human infrastructure," complained Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).