President Joe Biden.
Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images
89 advocacy organizations urged Biden and his party to move ahead on infrastructure without the GOP. This came after Biden’s negotiations with Republican senators collapsed on Tuesday without an agreement. Still, Biden is working with a bipartisan group despite calls from Democrats to exclude the GOP from talks. See more stories on Insider’s business page.
President Joe Biden ended a weeks-long infrastructure negotiation with a group of Republican senators on Tuesday because their offer was too small. But Biden is still talking to some Republican lawmakers about another version of a bipartisan deal.
Now progressive organizations are joining many Democratic lawmakers in calling for Biden to leave the GOP out of the talks altogether.
Led by Invest in America Action, Care Can’t Wait, and Real Recovery Now, 89 progressive advocacy groups wrote a letter to Congress and the Biden administration urging them to use reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill, meaning passing a bill without any Republican votes. They wrote that Republicans have failed to deliver a serious counter-offer “that meets the urgency of the moment,”