Biden To Hold Bipartisan Meeting With Lawmakers On Infrastructure Plan Today

President Joe Biden is slated to meet with Democratic and Republican lawmakers from both chambers of Congress at the White House on Monday afternoon to discuss his sweeping infrastructure proposal.


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The meeting will be held in the Oval Office at 1:15 p.m. ET, according to the White House press schedule.

Per [Punchbowl]> (https://email.punchbowl.news/t/ViewEmail/t/E1EDC60E0FC0AA242540EF23F30FEDED/C69F0BD5AAA98DEF16FB8100885F948E), the senators in the bipartisan group include Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Angus King (I-ME).

They will be joined by Reps. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Norma Torres (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Kay Granger (R-TX) and Carlos Gimenez (R-FL).

So the first line of defense for the GQP is them not showing up to the table and insisting they were never invited. Or some excuse about how it conflicts with the Q-Anon podcast broadcast time or needing to wash one’s hair…

Stay tuned.

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Give them the opportunity to put forth their proposal for a grand total of $299.99 in infrastructure spending before he tells them Fuck off , we’re doing it anyway

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Two of the R’s were part of the octet that spent Independence Day 2018 in Moscow. They [Hoeven and Granger] will need to confer with their Russian handlers first. :wink:

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Hilarious, thanks!

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Infrastructure Monday, yay :grin:

In other news, 2022 is gonna be epic in GA!

“The Atlanta Democrat has decided to remain chair of the state party at least through 2022, when Warnock will be on the ballot seeking a full six-year term and Democrats have pledged to compete in every statewide race, including an expected rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.”

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This is being done to convince Manchin and Sinema that he is doing all he can to win over Republican Senators. Biden is going to fail because the Republicans would rather watch all of America’s infrastructure collapse than do anything positive while a Democrat is President.

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AND one more time the Republicans will stand up for doing NOTHING for this country and scream ‘Biden is SENILE!’ because you know THAT’S helpful…

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This is the move to make. Invite them to the WH and make sure these meetings are well-documented by the press. When they refuse their vote, throw up your hands, sigh, and say “Well, we tried and now we’re moving on with reconciliation. Thanks for your input.” Do it over and over and over again. Let them argue that their proposals weren’t taken seriously.

The thing is that Sinema isn’t holding out against this one. She hasn’t come out against using reconciliation. Only Manchin has. He’s also made it clear that his problem with the bill is raising the corporate tax rate to 28% instead of 25%. Plus, it’ll be super easy to load this up with goodies for WV. I think there’s little chance this fails.

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Cornyn told the WSJ that they could support something around $ 800 billion focused on roads and broadband. Let’s put them to the test and have a vote on that, then do the rest (or the whole thing if they weasel out), through reconciliation.

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That’s probably pretty close to the mark. There have already been a few Repubs that thought $800 billion was a good number, with Romney opining that that seems a bit high. So 1/5 or 1/6 of what Biden proposed - can’t even get up to the ⅓ that they tried with the Rescue Plan. It looks like they’re going to try the same stunt again. As the saying goes, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.”

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Don’t waste time on the GOP. Yes, give them a chance to meet and prove they will do nothing.

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Wait a minute!

Isn’t that 299.99 the Earl Shieb special?

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It will be interesting to see the different reports of what was said at the meeting.

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Notice that Mitch is NOT invited. :wink:

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Good luck persuading the GOP infrastructure entails anything but projects having concrete, asphalt and rebar as primary materials needed.

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Walls, moats and drawbridges are the principle elements of any conservative infrastructure plan.

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Hmm. I wonder if Cornyn has seen this (starting at about the 1:00 mark):

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It really doesn’t matter. If the bill contained nothing but roads and bridges, the Repubs would still vote it down because - reasons.

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With $1.2 billion set aside for alligators.

WASHINGTON — The Oval Office meeting this past March began, as so many had, with President Trump fuming about migrants. But this time he had a solution. As White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day.

The advisers feared the president’s edict would trap American tourists in Mexico, strand children at schools on both sides of the border and create an economic meltdown in two countries. Yet they also knew how much the president’s zeal to stop immigration had sent him lurching for solutions, one more extreme than the next.
Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal.

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