AHEAD OF BIDEN-CAPITO MEETING: CAPITO DOESN’T HAVE THE VOTES ON INFRASTRUCTURE

How Can Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Seriously Negotiate A Deal on Infrastructure Without Support From Her Own Party? 

Senate Republicans Refuse to Accept Any Infrastructure Compromise — Whether From President Biden or Even Their Own Party

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN): “You probably won’t get a Republican vote for [a compromise plan]”

Sen. Braun Said He Was “Not Necessarily” Open to Increasing Republicans’ Original Offer; Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) Does Not “Love the Idea” of Spending More

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) Knocked “Another Trillion-Dollar-Plus Spending Package” as a “Partisan Approach”

Today, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will once again speak with President Biden — who has extended countless invitations to bring Senate Republicans to the negotiating table in good faith — to achieve a bipartisan compromise on the job-creating American Jobs Plan. However, it’s become increasingly clear that Sen. Capito lacks the support within her own party to get ten GOP votes to strike any serious deal on infrastructure. 

Senate Republicans won’t even support an infrastructure proposal that comes from their colleagues in their own party: 

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN): 

  • You probably won’t get a Republican vote for [a compromise plan] and there won’t be anything in it that reflects what we’d like to do … I don’t know how you bridge the gap when you both have come a long way and you still have an $800 billion gap … This is such a wide gulf, I don’t see it happening.” [Fox Business, 6/2/21]
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI): 
  • “We should not participate and vote for any new spending that isn’t just repurposing that $720 billion that is really not Covid relief. […] I doubt I’ll vote for anything that isn’t just repurposing that $720 billion dollars.” [Milwaukee Press Club Webinar, 6/3/21]
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT): 
  • “Sen. MITT ROMNEY (R-Utah) dismissed the idea of a $1 trillion infrastructure deal just Tuesday. ‘That’s unlikely,’ he told our Burgess Everett before making a plug about this other group of Republicans and Democrats negotiating on infrastructure on their own. If you can’t get Romney, how do you get to a filibuster-proof majority?” [POLITICO Playbook, 5/26/21
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS):
  • “Republicans say they are nearing their cap on how much they are willing to spend on the bill, which they want paid with new user fees rather than deficit spending. And if Biden follows through with his proposal to finance the measure with higher corporate taxes, then Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) warns ‘there will not be one Republican vote’ for the package … ‘I don’t think it’s really realistic to go up much higher.’” [Politico, 5/11/21]
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): 
  • If you want to fix roads and bridges, come where Republicans already are.” [Fox News Sunday, 5/2/21]
In addition to rejecting proposals from their own party, Republicans have been 100% focused on sabotaging negotiations with the White House. In response to President Biden’s good faith efforts, Republicans have:

Committed to sabotaging President Biden’s agenda at all costs: 

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “100% of my focus is on stopping this new administration. What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country.”  [Press Conference, 5/5/21]
  • Seconds after stepping out of a bipartisan Oval Office meeting, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a fundraising text referring to the president as “Corrupt Joe Biden” and calling the American Jobs Plan a “radical Socialist agenda.”
Made unreasonable demands, including shifting the costs from corporations to the middle-class: 
  • Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS): “We’re not going to have any votes at all to tamper with the 2017 tax bill.” [CNBC, 5/25/21]
  • Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA): “We’re not going to pay for this by undoing the tax reform that gave us the best economy of my lifetime. That is not on the table.” [Politico, 5/25/21]
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “We’re not interested in reopening the 2017 tax bill. We both made that clear to the president. That is a red line.” [ABC News, 5/22/21]
  • Sen. Barrasso (R-WY): “There is a red line for the Republicans in our proposal to the White House, and that is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 […] We will not be touching that, period.” [Roll Call, 5/11/21]
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): “I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act […] I think that’s a non-negotiable red line […] For me personally, that’s a non-starter.” [The Hill, 4/15/21]
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