Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday accused Democratic management of “letting the radical left run Capitol Hill” after a bipartisan infrastructure invoice stalled within the House amid calls for from the far-left wing of the Democratic caucus {that a} $3.5 trillion spending bundle be handed first.

“Democratic leaders are letting the radical left run Capitol Hill,” McConnell mentioned in an announcement. 

“Socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied against the Administration’s infrastructure bill and defeated it. With Americans already suffering the worst inflation in 30 years, Democrats have taken our roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways hostage to ram through an historically reckless taxing and spending spree that would hurt families and help China.”


The vote on the bipartisan laws within the House, which had beforehand handed the Senate, was delayed on Friday after the progressive wing of the Democratic caucus refused to again the invoice till the separate reconciliation invoice — filled with left-wing agenda gadgets on points just like the social security web and tackling local weather change — was handed.

But. talks on that invoice are nonetheless ongoing amid objections to the value tag from Dem moderates in each chambers. Since it has no Republican assist, and is utilizing the reconciliation course of to keep away from a Republican filibuster, that invoice wants the assist of all 50 Democratic senators to move, in contrast to the bipartisan infrastructure invoice. Democratic management had hoped to see a vote on the infrastructure invoice as talks on the spending bundle continued.

But with progressive Democrats refusing to budge on infrastructure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced that the vote could be delayed — later saying that she hopes to have the invoice handed via the chamber by the top of October.

“There is an October 31st Surface Transportation Authorization deadline, after last night’s passage of a critical 30-day extension.  We must pass [Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework] well before then – the sooner the better, to get the jobs out there,” she mentioned Saturday.

McConnell took intention on the Democrats for being unable to move the bipartisan measure, negotiated by President Biden, regardless of having management of the White House and each chambers of Congress.

“Democrats control Washington but cannot govern,” McConnell mentioned.


He went on to accuse Democrats of ignoring “basic governing duties” and solely narrowing a authorities shutdown earlier this week.

“This unified Democratic government must stop putting radical wish-lists ahead of basic governance or they will thrust our nation into even more foreseeable and avoidable crises on their watch,” he mentioned.

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The criticism of Democratic management didn’t simply come from Republicans, with reasonable Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema additionally slamming Democratic leaders for failing to get the infrastructure invoice handed.

“Over the course of this year, Democratic leaders have made conflicting promises that could not all be kept — and have, at times, pretended that differences of opinion within our party did not exist, even when those disagreements were repeatedly made clear directly and publicly,” Sinema mentioned in an announcement.

“Canceling the infrastructure vote further erodes that trust. More importantly, it betrays the trust the American people have placed in their elected leaders and denies our country crucial investments to expand economic opportunities.”

President Biden, in the meantime, instructed reporters on Saturday that “everybody is frustrated” however expressed optimism that the laws would finally be handed.