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Murkowski is part of new bipartisan group negotiating with Biden on ‘infrastructure’

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The bargaining between the Republicans in the Senate and President Joe Biden came to an impasse Tuesday, and the president broke of the talks. He is instead working with a group of 20 senators on a massive infrastructure bill that at least one Democrat lawmaker has admitted is much ado about climate change, rather than roads and bridges.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.Va.), was the lead Republican negotiator to the White House when she got the call from Biden on Tuesday, breaking off the talks.

The new bipartisan group of senators now working with Biden includes Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, along with Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney, (R-Utah), Joe Manchin, (D-W.V.), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). The group of senators began meeting together on Tuesday to come up with an offer for the president.

Rep. Tom Malinowski, (D-NJ) said at a June 4 town hall: “President Biden, on the other hand, proposed a bill that defines infrastructure more broadly… and, on top of that, included some things that probably most people would not think of as infrastructure but that many of us think are really important for the country.”

That is the big sticking point for conservatives, who have seen everything from climate change to day care redefined as “infrastructure” by the Biden Administration.

The talks with the Republicans also broke off because the conservatives in the Senate would not spend more — the GOP’s final offer was about $700 billion too little for the president to accept; his package wants more than $2.3 trillion in new federal borrowing over the next eight years. It would take 15 years for Biden’s proposed corporate tax hike to generate enough revenue to pay for the projects.

As for paying for day care with borrowed federal dollars, the children will be graduating from high school before their federally funded day care is paid off, conservatives note.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Lisa has totally abandoned the Republican Party. A Democrat in drag.

  • Lisa’s new bosses, Biden and Harris, will get a lot of mileage out of Lisa. A match made in heaven, as they say. Biden and Harris can set the feds agenda for Alaska and Murkowski will be right there to capitulate.
    Lisa’s hatred for Trump and her resentment towards Republicans and Conservatives make her a sitting duck in 2022. No decoys needed when we have the lone duck in the pond.

  • Republican Senators shouldn’t waste their time negotiating with an illegitimate President. Numerous forensic audits are taking place in various states and already troubling evidence is emerging of fraud in the 2020 election. While the audits have stated that they are not attempting to decertify the election, does anyone think that Beijing Biden could withstand the firestorm of public opinion should the people find out he cheated?

  • Once again Murkowski sticks her nose to screw Alaskans!!!

  • “NEGOTIATE (verb) To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
    1a. (finance) To transfer title to or ownership of (notes, funds, documents, or similar property) to another person or party in return for value received.”
    Our state legislators better get their act together and get the Alaskan People’s PFD written into stone before the puppet president biden declares our oil to be “infrastructure”, finds a loophole, and gets Murkowski to sell us down the river for a “favor”.

  • Quit calling Biden the president. He’s a fraud who stole the election.

  • Lisa voted to confirm the administrators that shut down ANWR. After 50 years, and a guarantee for drilling, the feds locked up 60% of the land and no ANWR oil and gas.
    Yukon Charley and Bering Straits are obvious mineral bearing land grabs. It’s probably the assets guaranteeing the CCP loans to the US.
    When the looting of our wealth, industry, and technology is over, and America is a stripped down junkyard, the cities just ghettos, the CCP will take cash in our resources.

  • PJ
    You mean just like, the fake Anchorage Mayor
    I’m Voting this Loser Lisa out next election

  • You mean Lisa is preparing to surrender what little Republican principle she has left in the name of “good public policy” (her favorite phrase when she stabs conservatives in the back). She’ll line up with everyone else to bankrupt this nation.And she’ll be smugly self-righteous as she does so. Lisa has to go.

  • Lisa will just rollover and give jo and the ho everything they want to pay off dem governors debts. What a betrayer to america

  • PJ OLSON, the stupid is just begging on here!

  • Wow. A lot of you are delusional. Biden won and he is not only a vastly more qualified head of state (tRump was a reality show host and notorious tax cheat) but he demonstrates every day in his policy proposals that he wants to lift up all Americans, not just the “white boys” and the wealthiest. Calling VP Kamala Harris “ho” is sexist, racist ignorant and just plain ugly. Who are you trying to impress?

  • Lisa is done. Say what you may.

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