House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress GOP memo urges lawmakers to blame White House 'grinches' for Christmas delays MORE (R-Calif.) on Friday poured cold water on a $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure deal struck by the White House and senators of both parties a day earlier, predicting it would not pass Congress after President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE linked it to a separate multitrillion-dollar reconciliation package.
“I think my members need a chiropractor ‘cause they got whiplash after watching the president yesterday say there was a deal and say there was no deal, say: ‘You can have a deal on the trillion dollars on infrastructure, but you’ve got to vote for $5 trillion at the same time too, and you’ve got to raise taxes on everybody, and you’ve got to have a Green New Deal,’” McCarthy told reporters at his weekly news conference.
“I don't think that's going to work. I don't think that's going to pass. I think they killed any opportunity. I think it was disingenuous in every shape and form.”
On Thursday, Biden and a bipartisan group of senators emerged from the White House to announce a five-year agreement on a massive package funding traditional infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports, rail and broadband. The group, led by Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE (R-Ohio) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight MORE (D-Ariz.), said the deal proved that Washington could still do big, bipartisan things.
But the same day, the president vowed that he wouldn’t sign the infrastructure deal into law unless a separate budget reconciliation package — which would allow Democrats to pass his other priorities without GOP support — came to his desk.
The infrastructure and reconciliation packages would need to be passed “in tandem,” Biden said.
McCarthy joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) in warning that that prerequisite would be a deal breaker for Republicans.
“That's no deal. And I think that's very difficult for a future Biden administration getting any agreement; who can trust them?” McCarthy said.
“I assume most every single member went there in good faith on the Republican and Democrat side. And I imagine every single one who walks out feels that somehow, it wasn't an honest negotiation. And that's a difficulty for America to get something else done.”