The White House said they would be returning to the Republicans later that week. More and more Democrats are saying, "What the hell?" And I wonder why on earth the White House is continuing on this futile path.
"I don't think the White House should attribute recovery to the Mitch McConnell verdict because it won't work in good faith," said New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "Well, I just think it's a terrible political misstep." She told Bruce Reed, Biden's deputy chief of staff. You may remember Reed, a veteran of the Centrist Democratic Leadership Council. In 2010 he was also Executive Director of the National Tax Responsibility and Reform Commission, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. It was also known as the Catfood Commission, which reached absolut zilch. This was partly because Republicans on the commission continued to advocate lower taxes for the rich and social cuts for Social Security and possibly Medicare.
You would think that Reed's experience there and in the Obama-Biden administration as Biden's chief of staff from 2011 would have opened his eyes to the actual willingness of Republicans to negotiate in good faith. On everything. What they are going to do is continue to pretend to negotiate to pull this out. Which this White House should be more than familiar with again, as it was the Republican playbook for the year the Obama administration put health care reform into place.
The nation cannot afford to wait a year for this. This is the message Gillibrand and other Democrats are delivering to President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Gillibrand says she is "100 percent" in favor of reducing losses and fulfilling Biden's infrastructure vision with a budget vote.
House Progressives wrote to Schumer and Pelosi saying it was time for "a single, ambitious package that combines physical and social investments hand in hand". One of the 60 or so MPs in the House of Representatives, Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, said of the Republicans, "They're not even gamers and we should just go ahead without them." Their alleged $ 800 billion, which is not a plan, plan is a "gimmick," he told Politico, adding, "time to pull the trigger" and get the bill done.
Wisconsin Democratic MP Mark Pocan stepped in, equating Republican pay ideas with "selling cake" to raise funds. "When are you seriously coming to the table?" Said Pocan. "If they don't come to the table, it doesn't mean we don't serve the food."
In the meantime, Capito says: "We still have a long way to go." Oh, and anyone who tries to reduce their carbon footprint through electric driving must be punished.
Another Biden spokesperson, Andrew Bates, reiterates that Biden "wants to see progress by Memorial Day" and that inaction is not an option. Also, "The president is determined to invest in our middle class and infrastructure, and is working with both parties to negotiate the move in good faith."
We have seen this game before. Biden has seen this game before. Republicans promise they will work in good faith and Democrats pretend they believe it. It is long gone to give up this act.