House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pushed back on the bipartisan infrastructure deal that Joe Biden and a select group of senators reached on Thursday. McCarthy said in a press conference on Friday that the deal “won’t pass Congress after President Biden linked it to a separate multi-trillion dollar package.”
“I think my members need a chiropractor ‘cause they got whiplash after watching the president yesterday say there was a deal and say there was no deal, say: ‘You can have a deal on the trillion dollars on infrastructure, but you’ve got to vote for $5 trillion at the same time too, and you’ve got to raise taxes on everybody, and you’ve got to have a Green New Deal,’” McCarthy told reporters at his weekly news conference.
“I don’t think that’s going to work. I don’t think that’s going to pass. I think they killed any opportunity. I think it was disingenuous in every shape and form.”
“That’s no deal. And I think that’s very difficult for a future Biden administration getting any agreement; who can trust them?” McCarthy said.
“I assume most every single member went there in good faith on the Republican and Democrat side. And I imagine every single one who walks out feels that somehow, it wasn’t an honest negotiation. And that’s a difficulty for America to get something else done.”