Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Supreme Court Expansion to Protect Reproductive Rights On The Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation Biden to Sign Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Monday MORE (R-Ky.) He said Thursday that he will not attend a signing ceremony at the White House for a bipartisan infrastructure deal he voted for and promoted while in Kentucky this week.
“No, I have other things I have to do besides going to the signing ceremony,” McConnell said during an interview with WHAS, a Kentucky radio station, when asked if he would attend.
McConnell is one of 19 Senate Republicans who voted on the infrastructure bill in the Senate earlier this year. The House passed the bill last week with the support of 13 House Republicans.
But his support for the bill has drawn criticism from the former President TrumpDonald Trump Three men charged with fraud in PAC scheme of .5 million scams Judge rejects Trump’s request to delay release of Jan.6 documents amid appeal Prince Harry says he warned Dorsey from Twitter on the January 6 riots MORE, who lashed out at the Senate Republican leader as recently as this week, questioning, in a statement, why “Old Raven Mitch McConnell voted for a terrible Democratic Socialist Infrastructure Plan.”
McConnell and Trump were close allies when he was in the White House, but their relationship soured after McConnell publicly congratulated them. President BidenJoe BidenJudge Rejects Trump’s Request to Delay Release of Jan.6 Papers Amid Appeal On Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation Night Defense and National Security: Russia Concerns Increase MORE about winning the 2020 election in mid-December and characterized Trump as “practically and morally responsible” for the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol during a speech delivered earlier this year.
McConnell has touted the infrastructure bill during a series of stops in Kentucky this week, where he discussed the amount of money the state will receive and the infrastructure projects that are expected to be funded.
“This bill was basically drafted in the Senate by a bipartisan group,” McConnell said during Thursday’s radio interview. “I think it was good for the country and I’m glad it happened.”
He has also tried to emphasize the difference between the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the climate and social spending bill that is still being negotiated and that Democrats will try to pass without the votes of the Republican Party in the House or Senate.
“It’s not something we should be doing. We’ve spent a lot this year. It’s time to stop spending,” he said, asking if any Senate Republicans would support the Democratic spending bill.
The infrastructure bill, which was negotiated by a bipartisan Senate group led by Sens. Rob portmanRobert (Rob) Jones Portman Hillicon Valley – The Race to Report Cyber Violations Senators move to include a 72-hour timeline for reporting cyber incidents in the defense bill Framing Our Future Beyond Climate Crisis MORE (R-Ohio) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema On Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation McConnell Increases Pressure on Manchin, Sinema: They Could Sink the Spending Plan GOP Strategy on Spending Bill: Get Democrats to Take Tough Votes MORE (D-Ariz.) – created a fierce divide within the Republican Senate conference over the summer, with conservatives accusing their Republican colleagues of helping pave the way for the separate social spending bill Democrats are pursuing. .
“Look, it was crazy in the Senate for about two months. We had massive discussions about this bill. I mean, loud discussions at lunch,” the Senator said. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Surgeon General Rejects McConaughey Over Vaccines For Children Ted Cruz Calls Hillary Clinton ‘Oscar The Grouch’ Over Big Bird Tweet A Congressional Committee Rejects Partisanship To Protect State Votes MORE (R-Texas) said during a Fox News interview this week about the GOP’s discussions of the bill.