Kaine Says Democrats ‘Ruined Timing’ of Infrastructure and Social Spending Bills

Its. Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSunday Shows Progress: House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Democrats suffer electoral losses in Virginia The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House of Representatives Rushes to Rebuild Better, Infrastructure Votes Today Democrats Struggle to Advance After Election Setbacks MORE (D-Va.) He said Sunday that Congressional Democrats “wasted their time” when it came to passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill and social spending package, suggesting the schedule could have contributed to the defeat. of the party in the Virginia gubernatorial race Tuesday.

Kaine, who represents Virginia and previously served as governor of the Old Dominion, said Democrats on Capitol Hill should have passed the two bills in October rather than allowing internal party disagreements to delay the vote.

He said an earlier vote could have boosted the Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffe Democrats brace for a flood of retirements after Virginia’s defeat McAuliffe’s loss exposes a deepening Democratic gap The memo: Democrats go to war for ‘awakening’ MOREthe campaign, which ultimately fell short by approximately 68,000 votes for the Republican candidate Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin Democrats brace for a flood of retirements after Virginia’s defeat McAuliffe’s loss exposes a deep Democratic gap The memo: Democrats go to war for ‘awakening’ MORE.

“I think the Congressional Democrats ruined the time. We should have passed these bills in early October. If we had, it would probably have helped Terry McAuliffe win the gubernatorial race. It would have been good for President BidenJoe Biden Virginia’s defeat reveals Democrats’ struggle with rural voters After victory, Biden seeks political rebound Sunday shows progress: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats suffer electoral losses in Virginia MORE“Kaine told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s” Face the Nation. “

On Friday, the House gave final approval to the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which the Senate passed in August. The bill now goes to Biden’s desk for his signature.

The vote ended months of negotiations, which dragged on due to internal disagreements among Democratic lawmakers. House moderates tried to pass the infrastructure after it passed in the Senate before deliberations on the largest $ 1.75 trillion social spending package began, but progressives demanded that they move forward together.

A ceasefire was finally reached in the caucus on Friday, when members agreed to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and move forward on the spending package, with a commitment to give final approval to the largest bill if the Congressional Budget Office score matches White House estimates.

Kaine said Sunday that passing the bills earlier would have given McAuliffe “a lot to sell” on the campaign trail.

The Virginia senator said Congress will finally “finish the bills,” but noted that “we are going to do them weeks after the elections.”

“We should have done them weeks before the elections,” he added.


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