(RoyalPatriot.com )- President Joe Biden is finally caving to pressure on his massive $2.25 trillion “infrastructure” bill, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announcing on Friday that the cost will be brought down to $1.7 trillion.
It comes as negotiations with Republicans continue in Congress but still doesn’t represent the kind of reduction that Republicans are calling for. Biden has faced intense criticism for effectively redefining the meaning of “infrastructure” to include provisions for the Green New Deal, electric vehicles, and more.
Psaki claimed that, in the White House’s view, it’s the “art of seeking common ground.”
Joe Biden really doesn’t know very much about common ground. This is the same president that issued a record-setting number of executive orders on his first day in office. During his first 100 days, Biden signed over 60 executive orders total, and two dozen of those were designed to reverse orders signed by former President Donald Trump.
What was that about “common ground”?
Republicans have encouraged President Biden to scale back his ambitions and remove woke, left-wing policy initiatives from the plan, and put forward a $568 billion infrastructure deal instead.
Negotiations continued with Republicans beyond Friday, and the full details of the new plan are expected to be released after the negotiations end.
Fox News reported that one Republican source familiar with the latest counteroffer said that it is “bad” and “very close to the original Biden proposal.”
Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican representing West Virginia, is in charge of the Republican legislators drafting a scaled-down infrastructure plan that focuses entirely on infrastructure and nothing else.
Republicans are reportedly willing to go up to $800 billion, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell indicating recently that republicans would increase their budget if the spending was direct at traditional infrastructure only, including bridges, ports, roads, broadband, and water lines.
Let’s see if Biden really wants to find “common ground” or not…