Ongoing talks between lawmakers to reach a bipartisan infrastructure deal ahead of an informal Monday deadline and drama surrounding the House select committee to probe the Jan. 6 insurrection are expected to dominate the Sunday show circuit.
Democrats and Republicans are anxious to make an agreement on a bipartisan infrastructure package, but frustration is building among both sides as negotiators face the possibility of missing an informal, self-imposed deadline on Monday.
Democrats say that Republicans are trying to resurface issues during negotiations that they believe were already resolved, while Republicans claim some of Democrats’ demands are unrealistic.
At the forefront of one of these issues is transit funding, and Republicans consider the tens of billions of dollars that Democrats want in new funding unreasonable. However, Democrats like Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary The Trojan Horse of protectionism MORE (D-Ohio) want to see more money set aside for it.
Lead Republican negotiator, Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border DHS secretary condemns treatment of Haitian migrants but says US will ramp up deportations MORE (Ohio), suggested that the group drop funding for transit since it appeared that both sides would not be able to come to an agreement.
“Transit funding has not yet been resolved. That’s important, but if we can’t resolve it then we could leave that out. I hope not,” he said.
“Democrats frankly are not being reasonable in their requests right now. We have had a very generous offer out there that provides a significant increase in funding over the next five years,” he added.
Despite Portman’s comment, the Republican senator said on Thursday that a negotiated deal was “very close.”
Portman is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week.”
Meanwhile in the House, tensions rose to a boiling point this week after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Thompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans MORE's (R-Calif.) picks for a select committee to probe the events of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
On Wednesday, the speaker rejected Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.), two of the five picks put forth by McCarthy. Both Banks and Jordan have been ardent supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE.
In a statement, Pelosi said she had spoken with McCarthy “about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation.”
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” she said.
She noted that she would appoint the other three members he picked — Reps. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse approves John Lewis voting rights measure Partisan fight over vaccine mandates moves to House Up next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft MORE (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) and Troy Nehls (Texas) — and urged him to pick two new members to replace Banks and Jordan.
Instead, McCarthy yanked all five of his picks and said in a statement, "This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution."
"Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth," McCarthy said.
The move comes before the House panel is set for their first hearing next week, featuring testimony from four police officers who were injured during Jan. 6 attack.
Pelosi is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week” and Banks is scheduled to appear on “FOX News Sunday.”
Below is the full list of guests scheduled to be on this week’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Pelosi, Portman
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Preempted by coverage of the Tokyo Olympics.
CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Commerce Secretary Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden increases vaccine requirement for federal workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats face headwinds on .5 trillion plan, debt ceiling White House rallies private industry in cyber battle MORE, former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsFormer surgeon general: 'Unconscionable' for states to ban mask mandates Former Trump surgeon general says politicians are 'taking tools' away from public health offices Pence urges young conservatives to get COVID-19 vaccine MORE, Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci, Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.), Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonDozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill MORE (R-Ark.), Gov. Kate BrownKate BrownOregon governor sued by police, firefighters over vaccine mandate Unvaccinated employee sparked COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon assisted living facility: officials At least 90,000 students have had to quarantine because of COVID-19 so far this school year MORE (D-Ore.)
“Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C,) Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Advocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Democrats draw red lines in spending fight MORE (D-Va.), Banks
FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” -- Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonLiberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes MORE (R-WI), Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.), Blake Masters, COO of Thiel Capital, AZ Senate Candidate