The Wyoming Republican said he believed a deal could be made.
President Joe Biden’s spending is “like someone with a new credit card,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, signaling future difficulties for the extensive presidential agenda set out at last week, but also pointing to potential successes in terms of what Republican Party leaders can commit to in the future.
“And these are things that we don’t necessarily need – we certainly can’t afford to pay – but they are going to delight the party’s liberal left,” said Barrasso, the leader of the Republican Senate conference. Week “co-host Martha Raddatz of Biden’s expense accounts. So far, Biden has successfully relied on his nearly $ 2 trillion coronavirus plan, while working to reach congressional agreement on his US infrastructure proposal. $ 2 trillion and its $ 1.8 trillion plan for American Families.
“Ultimately, someone will have to pay for it. It almost creates an addiction to spend,” he added.
Barrasso also told Raddatz that Democrats are becoming particularly apprehensive about the price of Biden’s plans.
“I will tell you, Democrats are also becoming more concerned with the spending and borrowing call, realizing that they will be held accountable in the 2022 election. And some Democrats – publicly, but mostly in particular – are saying this is not sustainable,” he said.
Raddatz pointed to a plan presented by West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore-Capito in late April, which significantly reduced the price to $ 568 billion and focuses exclusively on “essential” infrastructure items, such as roads and bridges, broadband, airports, waterways, railways, ports and public transport. It excludes some expensive items in Biden’s proposal, including explicit funding for electric vehicles, housing and home care.
In criticizing Biden’s proposal, Barrasso cited a number used by Republicans in recent weeks that says Biden’s proposal allocates only 6% of the total to roads and bridges. But Raddatz stepped back, saying the facts were found to be false.
“The total amount for what you would call ‘traditional infrastructure’, roads, bridges, rails, airports, waterways, public transport, is more than 25% of the Biden plan. So, do you want more?” she asked.
Barrasso said he believed that a deal could be made if some aspects of the plan were left behind.
“I have been working regularly with the other Joe – the mighty Joe – in Washington, Joe Manchin,” he said. “So, I really believe there is a deal to be made if we leave out things like the Green New Deal and recyclable cafeteria trays and climate justice, because $ 500 to $ 600 billion in infrastructure is a huge amount of infrastructure. “
A new ABC News / Ipsos poll on Sunday morning found that 67% of Americans think Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to work with the Biden government.
Citing the survey, Raddatz asked Barrasso: “So, are there places where you could compromise the president’s agenda, where do you see a good opportunity to meet him and the Democrats in between?”
“The Republicans went to the White House to meet with him about another package of coronavirus and we really made good faith efforts, he ignored all of that. They did it through budget reconciliation, by the smallest vote margin and they ignored the Republicans “, said Barrasso. “We want to work together with this government.”