GOP Sen. John Barrasso on Sunday hit President Biden for pushing his $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package through Congress despite pledging to work with Republicans — calling the bill a “liberal wish list”
The relief bill passed the Senate on Saturday and the House last week without one Republican vote.
“Ten Republicans went to the White House and said, ’All right, let’s work together.’ Instead, the White House chief of staff said this is the most progressive, the most progressive piece of domestic legislation in a generation,” Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” referring to Ron Klain.
“This was never about getting people back to work or kids back to school or the disease behind us. That’s where it should have been focused.”
Instead of enlisting Republican support for a bipartisan bill, he said the president and Democrats passed “a liberal wish list of liberal spending just basically.”
Even though the Biden package had strong support from the American public, Barrasso predicted that will soon diminish.
“When people find out what’s in this bill, they’re going to lose a lot of any enthusiasm they may have for it right now,” he said.
“Because this was not really about coronavirus in terms of the spending. This was a liberal wish list of liberal spending just basically filled with pork. It didn’t need to be this way.”