(UnitedVoice.com) – President Biden is backing off from apparent threats he made last week, after pushback against his hints of abandoning infrastructure spending unless Congress also approves a massive package of handouts.
Biden Claims It Was 'Not My Intent' to Imply Veto of Infrastructure Bill, So What the Heck Was the Intent? https://t.co/sJDTM1uHO1
— Gary (@gds44) June 27, 2021
On June 24, Biden claimed he would veto the bipartisan $1-trillion infrastructure bill hammered out last week unless senators also passed the massive and bloated $4-trillion Democrat wishlist of child care and benefit spending. “If [the infrastructure bill] is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it. It’s in tandem.”
Predictably, Republicans were infuriated by this partisan bullying. Now, apparently dismayed by the reaction, Biden is trying to disown his threats. On June 26, he insisted that it was “certainly not my intent” to threaten a veto.
The problem with Biden’s retraction is that his words were pretty clear. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Monday that Biden has now “appropriately delinked” the two bills, allowing Republicans to support the infrastructure bill while still opposing Biden’s entitlement giveaway. However, the Dem leadership in both chambers of Congress are still trying to shackle the two together. McConnell added a warning to Biden that he needs to make sure Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) follow his lead.
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