Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) had some forthright comments for Joe Biden to consider over the weekend. He appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to say that the president has been captured by the most radical leftist elements inside the Democratic Party. Barrasso noted that Biden is “neither competent nor a centrist.”
The ongoing meltdown among Democrats over Biden’s “Build Back Better” spending package has “sunk” the president, according to Barrasso, and could put the bipartisan infrastructure bill already approved once by the Senate on a “long pause.”
Barrasso compared Biden’s trip to Capitol Hill on Friday with an episode of The Twilight Zone. He said that Biden set out to get the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the House but instead “surrendered to the radical wing” of his party.
Joe Biden ran as a centrist and as competent. We are seeing that he is neither. Joe Biden has now walked the plank for the socialist Bernie Sanders’ budget. He is man overboard and he can’t swim. pic.twitter.com/YGJnAXOFap
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) October 3, 2021
Lawmakers present at Biden’s closed-door meeting said that he pitched a budget reconciliation bill costing $1.9 trillion to $2 trillion as a compromise measure if the House would vote immediately to approve the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The current proposal for the reconciliation bill carries a price tag of at least $3.5 trillion, and many hard-left lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) consider that number far too low.
By Saturday, Biden was publicly admitting his frustration over Democrats standing against his plea for a reduced spending bill that might lead to the passage of the infrastructure bill. While he refused to lay out a new timeframe for passing either bill, he said he would “work like hell” to get both passed at some point.
Barrasso said that Biden is now a “man overboard and he cannot swim,” who is “sunk.” He said that Americans are “feeling less safe” under his presidency because of increasing inflation and the ongoing immigration crisis playing out on the southern border. He added that Biden is now being forced to “walk the plank” for Bernie Sanders’ “socialist budget.”
The continuing holdout further tears Biden on the spending bill by moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Manchin is so far refusing to budge on his insistence for a smaller budget reconciliation spending bill of around $1.5 trillion.