When the Biden administration first came into power, it claimed to value bipartisanship and working across the aisle. However, mere months of the current president in power have shown that these claims were false and nothing more than political talking points.
Neither this president, nor his administration, have truly embraced bipartisanship. In fact, Biden, with the help of Democrat lawmakers, managed to force through the American Rescue Plan with absolutely zero GOP support. Democrats didn’t care, so long as they got what they wanted.
A similar pattern is beginning to emerge as Republican lawmakers come out against the spending package that Biden has billed as infrastructure-based, despite the package having less than 6% to do with true infrastructure matters.
As time passes and as the goalposts move, the Biden administration is gradually abandoning their false claims about an interest in bipartisanship, as Fox News documents.
Shifting the Goalposts on What “Bipartisan” Truly Means
Aides for the Biden administration are saying that “bipartisan” support for legislation doesn’t necessarily mean that congressional Republicans have to be on board with bills. Instead, these Biden aides claim that “bipartisan” can mean support from Democrat lawmakers and Republicans who are not in Congress.
“If you looked up ‘bipartisan’ in the dictionary, I think it would say support from Republicans and Democrats,” Anita Dunn tells me. “It doesn’t say the Republicans have to be in Congress.”https://t.co/xEm9CBdhfz
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) April 12, 2021
Few people are buying this. The reality is that when legislation is truly supported by Republicans and Democrats in America, this support will be reflected in Congress. The Biden administration doesn’t have this support; this is why the White House is now falsely claiming that unnamed Republican mayors, voters, governors, etc., are supportive of this administration and its proposals.
As time passes, the narrative from Biden is changing from “we want bipartisanship/we’re willing to work across the aisle” to “we can’t let politics stop us from getting this done.”
Why the Biden Administration Lacks Bipartisanship
The Biden administration does not have bipartisanship because of the way it has chosen to act.
The American Rescue Plan lacked support from Republican lawmakers, yet Democrats forced it through anyway, thanks to narrow House and Senate majorities.
President Biden wants to try and buy our way out of his border crisis with taxpayer money. The Administration is spending $60 million a week, and now wants to launch a cash transfer program in Central America. This insults millions of Americans who are out of work in our country. https://t.co/Jcav3wYyhf
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 10, 2021
GOP leaders, voters, etc., have come out in full force against other partisan proposals from the Biden administration; a few examples of these proposals include raising the corporate tax rate to 28%, enacting more gun control, etc.
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