When Donald Trump was in office, there were basically never plans of doing anything in a bi-partisan manner. The former president was focused on jamming through his legislation with little interest if Democrats supported it or not.
Joe Biden promised that things would be different when he took office. And he proved that on Tuesday when 19 GOP senators backed his infrastructure bill. On Wednesday, Mitch McConnell praised the president for his leadership.
The senate minority leader told reporters, “There’s nothing to back you up like the promise of a presidential signatory, if you’re in the same party as the president. And so I think the president deserves a lot of credit for getting the Democrats open to reaching a bipartisan agreement on this bill.”
McConnell was also asked about criticism of the bill coming from Donald Trump. The 45th president recently threatened that he would not back any Republicans who voted for the bill. Of course, a large number of GOP lawmakers ignored the threat.
“Infrastructure is popular with both Republicans and Democrats,” McConnell noted. “The American people, divided, sent us a 50-50 Senate and a narrowly divided House. I don’t think the message from that was, ‘Do absolutely nothing.’ And if you’re going to find an area of potential agreement, I can’t think of a better one than infrastructure, which is desperately needed.”
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