Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), a close Biden ally, has little hope that Democrats will reach an agreement with Republicans on the “big, bold” agenda the party is touting. He predicted the likeliest path forward will be one large package, all done through so-called budget reconciliation to work around a Senate filibuster.
Democrats don't have to “pass something just so we can say ‘Well, that piece over there was bipartisan,’ and wait for the pat on the back,” Casey said. “People want us to get big things done — and if that means we can do it in a bipartisan fashion, that’s great. I just don’t have confidence that that’s going to happen.”
"Democrats wanted to go it alone. They spent almost $2 trillion on a partisan bill that the White House bragged was the most liberal bill in American history!"
That was the COVID relief and stimulus bill that had the support of 76% of the American people, including 60% of Republicans.
"Less than 6% of the President's plan goes to roads and bridges. It's a liberal wish-list of Big Government waste... plus the biggest job-killing tax hikes in a generation."
Except that most analysts agree that the broadly popular plan would create millions of jobs in emerging technologies that transcend the conventional and crumbling definition of "infrastructure."
"Tonight we also heard about a so-called 'Family Plan.' Even more taxing, even more spending."
More Republican "tax and spend" talking points. Never mind that most voters (64%) want corporations and the wealthy to finally pay their fair share. And once again, that includes a majority (53%) of Republicans.
"Now, he says your tax dollars should fund abortions. He's laying groundwork to pack the Supreme Court."
These are not just GOP talking points, they are blatant lies.
"Democrats used the filibuster to block the debate from even happening."
It's always cute when Republicans project their own flaws onto others. Their rampant obstructionism when they held the Senate majority reached unprecedented levels. And if the GOP is upset that Democrats used the filibuster to block legislation, then why are they complaining when Democrats are volunteering to abolish it?
"Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat."
They have a funny way of showing it. They are passing bills across the country to suppress and/or disenfranchise voters, especially people of color. And they still can't show any evidence of any significant voter fraud.
"Our best future won't come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams."
You can't have a Republican rant without throwing in baseless allegations of socialism. Even though they don't know what it means. To them it's just a buzzword intended to stir irrational fears.
"I have experienced the pain of discrimination. I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason. To be followed around a store while I'm shopping."
"We won't ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism."