Biden's Bipartisan Deal Efforts 'Were Never Going To Work Out'

President Biden entered office billed as a consummate Washington deal-maker, but the Democrat's first major piece of legislation is unlikely to score a single Republican vote, calling into question his pledge to work across the aisle.

Democrat Jim Manley, a former top aide to onetime Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, suggested Biden cut his losses early.

"He was smart enough to realize quickly that negotiations with Republicans were never going to work out and that he made the right decision to use the so-called reconciliation process," Manley said.

Democrats, “from the get-go, said that they were going to use budget reconciliation,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist.

A veteran of several Republican administrations said he thought Biden had never planned to concede much.

Read more from Katherine Doyle at the Washington Examiner

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published this page in In The News 2021-03-09 13:24:07 -0500
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