Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Wednesday the “shaky foundation” of the infrastructure negotiations could lead to a collapse of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
Braun spoke to Breitbart News as congressional Democrats and Biden continue to search for a path to pass their $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, otherwise known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) scheduled the vote for Thursday, but it remains questionable if Democrats can pass the bill, given the infighting between moderate and progressive Democrats on the bill.
The Hoosier conservative said Biden built the strategy of passing duel infrastructure bills on a “shaky foundation,” which has led to the current disarray Democrats face ahead of Thursday’s pivotal vote on the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“Biden has built his presidency on delivering this so-called Build Back Better [agenda], but to me, it was misguided from the beginning because it started to wobble when you’re throwing 6 trillion of additional spending on top of the normal four and a half trillion,” Braun told Breitbart News.
“It had a shaky foundation,” he added.
Braun was one of the many Senate conservatives that voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill; he said that the bill had “squishy” pay for that did not truly offset the cost of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill would add $256 billion to the deficit over ten years. The Penn-Wharton Budget model noted that the bipartisan infrastructure bill would not result in “significant” economic growth.
Heritage Action for America executive director Jessica Anderson told Breitbart News exclusively this week that they have urged Republicans against voting for the bipartisan infrastructure, as its passage would only enable the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.