McConnell says era of bipartisanship is over – NO KIDDING!

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday proclaimed, “the era of bipartisanship is over” after talks broke down between the Biden administration and Republicans over infrastructure legislation.

“As you look to what the Majority Leader has in mind for June, it’s pretty clear the era of bipartisanship is over,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol. “We’ve passed six bills so far this year — significant bills on a bipartisan basis — bills that came out of committee, that had buy-in from both sides, but I think that’s coming to a screeching halt.”

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, said earlier Tuesday that talks seemed to be “running into a brick wall.”

McConnell’s comments came after President Joe Biden ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package and started reaching out to senators from both parties as he strives to build bipartisan compromise on his top legislative priority.

The president is walking away from talks with lead Republican negotiator Sen. Shelley Moore Capito after the two spoke Tuesday, according to an administration official granted anonymity to discuss the private thinking. The president’s view is that she negotiated in good faith and he would welcome her in the bipartisan talks, the official said.

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