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REPORT: Biden visits House Dems to threaten if they don’t negotiate infrastructure bill, ‘you get zero’

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President Biden paid a visit to the Capitol Friday to lobby for his $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. There, he suggested progressive Democrats compromise, or risk the bill dying.

Biden arrived just before 4 PM to meet with House Democrats. He reportedly warned his Build Back Better Agenda “ain’t going to happen until we reach an agreement on the next piece of legislation.”

“Let’s try to figure out what we are for in reconciliation . . . and then we can move ahead,” Biden said. In addition, he reminded lawmakers that even a bill smaller than $3.5 trillion “can make historic investments.”

Afterwards Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) summarized the 40-minute meeting to Politico. “I think the number one message was, ‘if you don’t compromise, you get zero,'” Quigley said.

“We’re on a path,” Pelosi told reporters following the closed-door meeting. Yet Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sounded hopeful that a vote could still happen Friday.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix

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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.

The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.

“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”

For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”

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