(USA Features) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday sounded a negative tone Tuesday after talks broke down on infrastructure legislation between Republicans and the Biden administration, declaring “the era of bipartisanship is over.”
“As you look to what the Majority Leader has in mind for June, it’s pretty clear the era of bipartisanship is over,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.
“We’ve passed six bills so far this year — significant bills on a bipartisan basis — bills that came out of committee, that had buy-in from both sides, but I think that’s coming to a screeching halt,” the Kentucky Republican added.
His counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agreed, saying it appears as though lawmakers keep “running into a brick wall.”
McConnell’s comments came as President Joe Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., could not make any progress on infrastructure talks.
In the past, Republicans have objected to the cost of the multi-trillion dollar package that they said spends just a fraction of the money on roads, bridges, waterways, ports, airports, and other traditional infrastructure items.
Republicans offered a $928 billion proposal, which included about $330 billion in new spending, far short of Biden’s $1.7 trillion price tag that included major new taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans.
One sticking point: Biden refused to tap into unspent trillions in COVID funds, reports noted.