Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) announced on Sunday during an ABC’s “This Week” appearance that the GOP is willing to work with President Joe Biden on infrastructure if Democrats are willing to compromise.
He shared “we ought to start with the core that we passed when I chaired the Environment and Public Works Committee, which was a plan that passed 21-to-nothing. I voted for it, Bernie Sanders voted for it. It focuses on building faster, better, cheaper, smarter.”
When challenged about compromising with Democrats, Barrasso argued Republicans have already been working in a bipartisan manner. He cited the COVID-19 stimulus as an example.
“You know, with coronavirus relief, we did five bipartisan bills, each of which got over 90 votes and when President Biden came into office, gave the speech about unity on Inauguration Day.”
Barrasso then noted, “Ten Republicans went to the White House to meet with him on another coronavirus package, and we made really good faith efforts. He ignored all of it.”
The concern lies not in willing Republicans are willing to work with Democrats, but whether Democrats will consider Republican options.
The matter will continue to increase in importance as Biden seeks to pass both his new infrastructure bill and sweeping American Families Plan. Each bill totals more than $1 trillion in additional government spending.
Barrasso argued Republicans are willing to be bipartisan, just as Biden claims. The question is whether Biden and other Democrats are serious about working together for a better America.