(RepublicanInformer.com)- President Joe Biden walked back his comments about holding the bipartisan infrastructure plan hostage, yet one Republican congressman said he still trusts the president.
On Sunday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney said he accepted Biden’s clarifying comments. He said he trusted the president, despite the fact that he clearly tried to use his power to threaten lawmakers over the infrastructure package.
Speaking on CNN Sunday, Romney said:
“I do trust the president, and he made very clear in the much larger statement that came out over the weekend … carefully crafted and thought through piece by piece, as that if the infrastructure bill reaches his desk, and it comes alone, he will sign it.”
Last week, the president said he would only sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was agreed on recently if Congress also were to pass a reconciliation bill that would allow him and his cohorts to push through their liberal agenda.
Talking with reporters at the White House last Thursday, Biden said he’d only sign the bipartisan bill if he were guaranteed of getting another larger bill through budget reconciliation. He said, in part:
“If only one [infrastructure bill] comes to me, this is the only one that comes to me [the bipartisan one], I’m not signing it. It’s in tandem.”
That was a clear threat, one that was backed up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later that day.
Not surprisingly, Republicans and even some Democrats were outraged at those statements. Biden was seemingly trying to push bipartisan legislation, but then holding it hostage by saying he was going to sign it only if he got what he wanted.
Following that blowback, Biden tried to walk back his comments by saying in a statement:
“The bottom line is this: I gave my word to support the Infrastructure Plan, and that’s what I intend to do. I intend to pursue the passage of that plan, which Democrats and Republicans agreed to on Thursday, with vigor.
“I have been clear from the start that it was my hope that the infrastructure plan could be one that Democrats and Republicans would work on together, while I would seek to pass my Families Plan and other provisions through the process known as reconciliation.”
Clearly, Biden only walked back his comments because they were threatening to break up the bipartisan bill altogether. After all, it’s only been agreed upon by a group of senators. It hasn’t passed the full Senate or even been presented to the House.
At the same time, Biden is clearly worried that some moderate Democrats in the Senate might not back his reconciliation proposal if they don’t feel the president is supporting them in the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Despite it being so clearly obvious that Biden is just trying to save face, Romney still says he believes and trusts him. Even though Romney said he trusts Biden, he did reiterate that he would in no way support a larger spending bill like the one Biden and Democrats are likely to try to push through the Senate using budget reconciliation.