McConnell: GOP will put up ‘hell of fight’ if Dems use reconciliation to pass infrastructure bill
UPDATED 12:38 PM PT – Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he plans to put up a fight against Democrats if they try to use budget reconciliation to pass Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. McConnell spoke of the plan in Kentucky, adding that the parties have never been more divided on an issue.
“It’s all going to unfold here in the next few weeks,” said McConnell. “I don’t think we’ve had a bigger difference of opinion between the two parties over the best thing to do for America than we have right now.”
His remarks came as Democrats prepare to vote on a smaller bipartisan version of the spending bill in addition to voting on the budget resolution. That resolution would allow Democrats to pass another larger infrastructure bill along party lines.
Less than two hours after publicly endorsing our colleagues’ bipartisan agreement on infrastructure, the President took the extraordinary step of threatening to veto it. That’s not the way to show you’re serious about getting a bipartisan outcome. pic.twitter.com/X19VKDAoul
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) June 24, 2021
McConnell said Democrats’ biggest obstacle would be opposition from moderate Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). Both Manchin and Sinema are reportedly open to using reconciliation.
McConnell added that they can’t all agree due to the magnitude of what’s trying to be passed.
“There is a process by which they could pass this bill without a single Republican, but we’re going to make it hard for them,” mentioned McConnell. “There are few Democrats left in rural America and some others who would like to be more in the political center but may find this offensive, but all this is going to play out.”
However, while McConnell said both parties have a difficult time agreeing, they don’t necessarily “hate” each other. Although, he does believe the era of bipartisanship on certain issues is over.