A potential bipartisan deal on infrastructure has some Democrats worried that the Biden administration could compromise with Republicans on climate issues.
Following the Thursday announcement that a bipartisan group of ten senators, led by Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Utah Republican Mitt Romney, had agreed to a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, some liberals are concerned that Biden’s desire to get a deal done with Republicans could outweigh his interest in climate legislation.
Democrats will likely need 60 votes in the Senate to pass an infrastructure bill.
Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich described a bipartisan deal on infrastructure as “a very dangerous approach.” That is, “unless we have a very well-defined and secure commitment from the necessary senators to include climate issues,” he said in a Thursday interview with The Washington Post.
An infrastructure package that goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote. https://t.co/ghOzFj5iqm
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) June 9, 2021
“Mitch McConnell and the Koch brothers are not worth setting the planet on fire for,” Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.
Mitch McConnell and the Koch brothers are not worth setting the planet on fire for.
I know some Dems