President Joe Biden has indicated he changed his mind and won’t veto a $1 trillion infrastructure deal, according to The Washington Times.
The president received massive pushback from Republicans who felt the White House was not working in good faith, insisting on compromise and then turning down the “tandem” bill that addressed some of the key progressive issues.
Biden said via a statement from Camp David on Thursday that he knew he had “created the impression that I was issuing a veto threat on the very plan I had just agreed to, which was certainly not my intent.”
“I indicated that I would refuse to sign the infrastructure bill if it was sent to me without my Families Plan and other priorities, including clean energy,” Mr. Biden said.
“That statement understandably upset some Republicans, who do not see the two plans as linked.”
Mistrust from Republicans same after Biden administration representatives met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to try to smooth a path for the bill.
However, while in the meeting, Biden attempted to tie the crucial infrastructure plan to his American Families Plan.
The American Families Plan is a proposal with a $1.8 trillion price tag that is so far to the progressive agenda that it does not have the support of all 50 Democrats in the Senate,
The proposed bill would cause there to be an excessive amount of spending on “human infrastructure,” which includes expanded childcare and job training for felons.
“If only one comes to me … and if this is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it. It’s in tandem,” the president declared at the time.
That declaration caused an uproar from Republicans who felt they were “double-crossed” by the president including the 11 GOP lawmakers who were part of the bipartisan effort to create the bill.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham went so far as to say that Biden was using a tactic akin to “extortion” and that he no longer wanted to support the bill.