Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is urging the Democratic party to quit trying to negotiate with Republicans on infrastructure spending and go it alone. 

"It's this frankly what has become an a completely outdated idea of what is bipartisanship," she said. "That's the problem, when you have a couple of democratic senators who say we only want to do this in a bipartisan way, what you're talking about is a republican party in congress .. if you're insisting you have to get 10 votes just to avoid a filibuster ... then we're not going to be able to move forward." 

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee in tie vote MORE (D-WV) and others in the Upper Chamber have said they will not vote for an infrastructure bill that Republicans do not agree too and does not support an effort by progressive democrats like Jayapal to nix the legislative filibuster. 

Jayapal says Republicans are unlikely to ever come around or negotiate in good faith and so Democrats should not seek further deals. 

"It was almost six weeks ago that Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE said that 100 percent of his focus was blocking the Biden administration," she said. "So let's just go forward  knowing we have republican and independent voters with us but we're not going to get republicans in Congress."