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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has drawn former President Donald Trump’s ire after announcing that he intends to skip the signing ceremony for the ostensibly bipartisan infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden is set to sign Monday.
“No, I’ve got other things I’ve got to do other than go to the signing ceremony,” McConnell reportedly said late last week during a radio show interview.
This did not please Trump to hear.
In a statement issued Saturday, the former president made the case that, since McConnell had played such an instrumental role in ensuring the bill’s passage, he should take his place alongside Biden and other Democrats.
McConnell not going to Biden’s Monday signing ceremony of infrastructure bil. “No, I’ve got other things I’ve got to do than go to the signing ceremony. But this bill was basically written in the Senate by a bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats,” he said in KY.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 11, 2021
“Mitch McConnell has stated that he will not go to the signing of the ‘Non-Infrastructure’ Bill (only 11% for real Infrastructure) or, as it is sometimes called, the Elect Democrats in 2022/24 Act. It gives Biden and the Democrats a victory just as they were falling off the cliff,” the statement reads.
“Based on the fact that the Old Crow convinced many Republican senators to vote for the bill, greatly jeopardizing their chance of winning reelection, and that he led the way, he should go to the signing and put up with the scorn from Great Republican Patriots that are already lambasting him. Our country is being destroyed while Mitch McConnell gives lifelines to those who are destroying it!”
President Donald J. Trump:
“Mitch McConnell has stated that he will not go to the signing of the “Non-Infrastructure” Bill (only 11% for real Infrastructure) or, as it is sometimes called, the Elect Democrats in 2022/24 Act. It gives Biden and the Democrats a victory just pic.twitter.com/KlfEsXDBQ0
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 13, 2021
Obviously, Trump is and has always been staunchly opposed to the bill because of the problems inherent in it.
Chockablock with “woke” terminology, the bill pushes “Green New Deal” and “social justice” policies that have virtually nothing to do with infrastructure.
The bipartisan infrastructure proposal floating around the Senate is essentially a Green New Deal Lite.
— RSC (@RepublicanStudy) August 2, 2021
McConnell nevertheless joined with 18 other Republicans in August to push the bill through the Senate via procedural vote.
Had all 19 Republicans voted “no,” the bill would have failed 50-49 because of the requirement for 60 votes.
This fatal error infuriated Trump.
“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,” he said at the time.
“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. He is working so hard to give Biden a victory. now they’ll go for the big one, including the biggest tax increases in the history of our Country.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 11, 2021
When 13 House Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues in helping the same bill pass through the House last week, the former president responded a bit differently.
This time he sought to mock “progressive” Democrats for caving to the “moderates” in the party.
“So interesting to watch the so-called Democrat ‘Progressives’ being lied to and played by the Democrat Moderates. It used to be the other way around. Let’s see if the Progressives fold, and how long it will take them to do so?” he said.
Going back to Trump’s August statement, note how he referenced a “big whopper.” This was in reference to the exorbitant Build Back Better proposal whose chances of making it through Congress improved with the passage of the infrastructure bill last week.
Prior to the smaller bill’s passage, a number of more moderate Democrats had pledged that they wouldn’t even consider voting for the BBB proposal unless their “bipartisan” plan was first passed. The “progressives” had pledged similarly, but in reverse.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 2, 2021
This is why Trump mocked “progressives” after they allowed the bill to pass.
The only good news for conservatives is that neither Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin nor Kyrsten Sinema have signed on to the deal yet.
In addition, a third dissenter has emerged.
“The House bill includes a measure intended to tax vaping products on par with the existing federal cigarette tax rate of $1.01 per pack. … The nicotine tax provision represents an agreement among the House, Senate and White House, but concerns expressed by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D., Nev.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) could result in its exclusion from a final agreement,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
“I’m very clear. I don’t support any type of tax, a regressive tax on the very people that we’re trying to cut costs, cut taxes on,” Sen. Masto, the third dissenter, told the paper last week.
She may want to start preparing herself for the Sinema treatment …
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