Infrastructure Week, cont.
Washington — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy conveyed to President Biden during their Tuesday afternoon meeting that changing the Trump-era tax law by increasing taxes is a “red line” when it comes the president’s.
“We’re not interested in re-opening the 2017 tax bill. We both made that clear to the president. That is a red line,” McConnell told reporters after the meeting with Mr. Biden, McCarthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Notice how amply be-chinned Mitch did NOT say anything about being opposed to the stuff in the bill, he just doesn’t want wealthy people and/or corporations to pay for it. Paying for things is for little people.
Politico/Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
DEAL OR NO DEAL? — How far apart are Biden and congressional Republicanswhen it comes to striking an agreement on an infrastructure bill? We’ll have a better sense later today, after a group of Republican senators sit down with the president at the White House.
But we already know this: Wednesday’s Big Four meeting accomplished little. The two sides haven’t even agreed on basic concepts yet.
— Following the White House sit-down, “GOP leaders told reporters that they still had to reach an agreement with Democrats over what exactly meets the definition of infrastructure,” as Burgess Everett, Sarah Ferris and Laura Barrón-López note. More on that in their full article
— Republican leaders used the event to reiterate that raising taxes — particularly ones reduced by Trump’s 2017 overhaul — is a non-starter.
In another bit of hot gossip in TBotP:
BUILDING BRIDGES (BUT NOT TO THE GOP) — “‘It’s a risky strategy’: Progressives warn Biden on talks with GOP,” by Natasha Korecki: “A raft of influential progressive and environmental groups has a message for the Biden White House on its efforts to cut an infrastructure deal with Republicans: Don’t say we didn’t warn you. They are sounding the alarms that compromising with Republicans on a scaled-down infrastructure bill — and spending the time that such a deal might require — could make it increasingly difficult to pass the rest of Biden’s sweeping agenda.”
It’s a good warning: wasting time chasing the bipartisan unicorn will stall other priorities, and maybe that’s the Coup Klux Klan’s new-and-improved obstruction strategy? It’s what we saw in the Senate committee hearing for the For The People Act.
#MoscowMitch again shows us that money is the root of his evil. He will cut a bitch if anyone get near his Precious.