Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that there is a “real chance” some Democrats and the White House could work with Republicans to pass a “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, a shift from other comments he made this week that Republicans are “100%” focused on stopping President Biden.
McConnell made the comments in Hopkinsville, Ky., and they were streamed live by FOX 17 Nashville. McConnell was asked about the state of play on infrastructure legislation and the $4 trillion-plus in spending the Biden administration is pushing for through its American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.
“There’s a group of 10 of my members… who put together a $600 billion proposal. Roads, bridges, ports, water lines, broadband,” McConnell said. “There are 10 or so Democrats who look at it the same way. So this is a proposal that could pass on a bipartisan basis.”
He added: “I think the administration will probably think of this as plan B. In other words if they can’t pass their $4.1 trillion bill, which they’ll have to do Democrats-only, if they’re not able to get everybody behind the massive proposal, then I think we’ve got a real chance to do something important for the country on a bipartisan basis.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Those comments follow a response earlier this week that the minority leader gave to a question about drama unfolding in the House surrounding Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
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Cheney, the House GOP conference chair, has come under increasingly heavy fire for her regular barbs against former President Donald Trump and his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Now, most Republicans believe that she will be removed from her role as the third-ranking Republican in the House next week.
McConnell backed Cheney when she survived an earlier attempt to remove her from her position in February. But he sidestepped a ques
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