Former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE urged “RINO Republicans” to stop negotiating with Democrats over a bipartisan infrastructure deal, saying they are “just being played.”
“RINO Republicans should stop negotiating the infrastructure deal—you are just being played by the Radical Left Democrats—they will give you nothing!” Trump said in a statement late Friday, using the acronym for Republican In Name Only.
“Very important that Senate Republicans not allow our hard-earned tax reductions to be terminated or amended in an upward trajectory in any way, shape, or form,” he said. “They should not be making deals on increasing taxes for the fake infrastructure proposals being put forward by Democrats, almost all of which goes to the ridiculous Green New Deal Marxist agenda. Keep the Trump Administrations tax cuts just where they are.”
The comments come as the Senate is in a two-week July 4 recess. Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) has said that after senators return, he wants a vote for two infrastructure bills — one bipartisan deal, which would spend $1.2 trillion over eight years, and a much larger reconciliation package with Democratic priorities.
Schumer is pressing for a vote on the bills before the Senate leaves again in August, but the Democratic leader warned colleagues in a letter Friday that they may have to work into the August recess to finish work on both bills.
Shortly after President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE and a group of bipartisan senators reached a deal on infrastructure, Biden indicated that he also wants Congress to pass a much larger infrastructure package spotlighting Democrat priorities.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to act on debt ceiling next week White House warns GOP of serious consequences on debt ceiling Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-Ky.) has not ruled out that the bipartisan bill could get 60 votes to pass and said, "If that's credibly paid for, as opposed to adding it to the debt, I think there's a way forward on that portion of it."
However, the GOP leader said on Tuesday that Republicans would bring on a “hell of a fight” if Democrats tried to pass their larger reconciliation bill through the Senate without Republican votes.
"The era of bipartisanship on this stuff is over. ... This is not going to be done on a bipartisan basis. This is going to be a hell of a fight over what this country ought to look like in the future, and it's going to unfold here in the next few weeks. I don't think we've had a bigger difference of opinion between the two parties," McConnell said about the spending package.