FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
[email protected] or 914-471-7716
GOP ALREADY WALKING AWAY FROM WHITE HOUSE’S SIGNIFICANT COMPROMISE OFFER, PROVING THEY AREN’T SERIOUS NEGOTIATING PARTNERS
White House dropping a stunning $550 billion from proposal “doesn’t satisfy Republicans as a concession, per GOP source.”
GOP trashes $550 billion compromise as “minor” and predicts it will be “rejected”
55% of Voters Believe It Is More Important For Republicans To Work With President Biden To Pass The American Jobs & Families Plans Than Obstruct His Agenda
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Biden administration put forward an infrastructure counter-proposal, coming down nearly $600 billion from their initial proposal in an effort to find bipartisan compromise on the American Jobs Plan. However, almost immediately after the plan was unveiled, Republicans indicated they weren’t even willing to consider it, according to reports.
Invest in America Action senior advisor Zac Petkanas made the following statement:
“President Biden has made a sincere, good faith counter-offer that lives up to his promise to seek bipartisan compromise. But within minutes, Republicans were already signaling their intent to reject this offer — just another sign that Republicans are not serious negotiating partners. Instead, they continue to push their deep cuts to the Biden proposal that will cost Americans millions of jobs and shift the tax burden from corporations to the middle-class.
“Republicans can’t both refuse to come to the table with a serious proposal that meets the urgency of the moment and also reject any effort by the White House to find common ground. With inaction not an option and time of the essence, Democrats should seriously begin to consider moving to reconciliation. There’s clearly no realistic deal that the Republicans will accept.”
A new Invest in America/Data For Progress poll found that:
- 58% percent of voters, including 54% of Independents, support passing the American Jobs and Families Plans via reconciliation.
- 55% of voters, including 56% of Independents, say that it is more important for Republicans in Congress to work with President Biden to pass the American Jobs Plan than to keep him in check.
- 55% of voters, including 59% of Independents, say that it is more important for Republicans in Congress to work with President Biden to pass the American Families Plan than to keep him in check.
- A majority of voters oppose Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) obstructionism. 55% of voters, including 54% of Independents, say Republicans’ focus should be on helping President Biden enact his agenda — and disagree with McConnell’s statement that “100 percent of [his] focus is on stopping this new Biden administration.”
Read the full polling tabs and methodology here.