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Partisan wrangling over a $1.2 billion infrastructure deal erupted into the open on Monday with fresh squabbles and former President Trump lobbing in his own grenade by urging Republicans to ditch the talks altogether.

It came after Democrats and the White House presented a new offer to Republicans on Sunday, which was aimed at addressing unresolved issues including water funding, broadband, and highways and bridges.

But the response was short and sharp after Democrats briefed that Sen. Mitt Romney, one of the negotiators, had reneged on a deal over water funding and lead contamination. 

‘This is laughably false,’ Romney’s office said in a statement. 

‘As the White House’s own website shows, the deal on water was for $55 billion in new spending. After days of radio silence, Schumer now wants $70 billion. This is a direct violation of the bipartisan agreement.’

Time is running out for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to reach his goal of passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill before the August recess. Monday brought fresh gloom as tensions erupted into public and former President Trump urged Republicans to abandon talks

Time is running out for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to reach his goal of passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill before the August recess. Monday brought fresh gloom as tensions erupted into public and former President Trump urged Republicans to abandon talks

Time is running out for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to reach his goal of passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill before the August recess. Monday brought fresh gloom as tensions erupted into public and former President Trump urged Republicans to abandon talks

Former President Trump lobbed a grenade into the dispute, telling Republican senators they were being 'savaged' by Democrats and urging them to forget talks until after next year's mid-terms when they will have a better negotiating position

Former President Trump lobbed a grenade into the dispute, telling Republican senators they were being 'savaged' by Democrats and urging them to forget talks until after next year's mid-terms when they will have a better negotiating position

Former President Trump lobbed a grenade into the dispute, telling Republican senators they were being ‘savaged’ by Democrats and urging them to forget talks until after next year’s mid-terms when they will have a better negotiating position

Trump condemned Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's handling of negotiations. 'Mitch McConnell and his small group of RINOs wants nothing more than to get a deal done at any cost to prove that he can work with the Radical Left Democrats,' he said

Trump condemned Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's handling of negotiations. 'Mitch McConnell and his small group of RINOs wants nothing more than to get a deal done at any cost to prove that he can work with the Radical Left Democrats,' he said

Trump condemned Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s handling of negotiations. ‘Mitch McConnell and his small group of RINOs wants nothing more than to get a deal done at any cost to prove that he can work with the Radical Left Democrats,’ he said

Winning bipartisan support for the infrastructure bill is critical to White House hopes of pushing through a bigger $3.5 billion spending package without Republican votes. On Monday, Biden said he was 'optimistic' about reaching a deal

Winning bipartisan support for the infrastructure bill is critical to White House hopes of pushing through a bigger $3.5 billion spending package without Republican votes. On Monday, Biden said he was 'optimistic' about reaching a deal

Winning bipartisan support for the infrastructure bill is critical to White House hopes of pushing through a bigger $3.5 billion spending package without Republican votes. On Monday, Biden said he was ‘optimistic’ about reaching a deal

Asked about the chances of reaching a compromise, President Biden told reporters: ‘I’m always optimistic.’

Yet time is ticking away after more than a month of negotiations.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he wants the bill passed before the August recess, which starts in two weeks time.

But he suffered a setback last week when Republicans voted against taking key a procedural step, saying the bill had yet to be written 

And the disputes bubbled into the open on Monday. 

Former President Trump weighed in with a statement saying Republican senators were being ‘savaged.’

He blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other ‘Republicans in Name Only’ for trying to do a deal whatever the cost, and urged the party to wait until they back in the majority before negotiating.

‘It is so important to him that he is agreeing to almost anything,’ he said. 

‘Don’t do the infrastructure deal, wait until after we get proper election results in 2022 or otherwise, and regain a strong negotiating stance. 

‘Republicans, don’t let the radical left play you for weak fools and losers.’

The White House had hoped a bipartisan infrastructure plan could pass the House and Senate, leaving it free to use the congressional reconciliation mechanism to push through a $3.5 trillion expansion of healthcare, education, green energy and paid leave without Republican support. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said wrangling was to be expected and that staff worked through the weekend to try to secure a deal.  

‘The president worked the phones all weekend and is continuing to,’ she said during the daily White House briefing. 

‘We’re encouraged as we reach the final issues that need to be worked out, and are confident about the path forward.’   

But she also admitted that ‘time is not endless.’

Senate Democrats are reportedly considering merging the two proposals if the bipartisan bill fails.

Axios reported last week that they are weighing adding the nearly $600 billion in spending already agreed by Republicans to the larger package.

However, it is unclear whether moderate Democratic senators, such as Joe Manchin, would support such a proposal. 

Rising prices have heightened concerns that Biden’s spending plans could further ignite inflation. 

Source: Daily Mail

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