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On the day President Biden’s first attempt at a bipartisan infrastructure deal collapsed, he dialed up a Republican senator he saw as a potential negotiating partner for a renewed push.

In that June 8 phone call, Biden told Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that he wanted a public works agreement with Republicans in the neighborhood of $600 billion. More notably, Biden showed deep interest in provisions on energy resiliency that Cassidy had been working on for weeks.... “The president made it clear that that was essential for him. Since the president had said it must be there, obviously that was very helpful.”


Biden’s phone call with Cassidy was only one example of Biden’s contact with Republicans during the talks....


“You can tell the difference between an adversarial negotiation and a collaborative one,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). “In this case, when one side had a problem, the other side tried to solve the problem, rather than to walk away from the table.”

from the comments:

- Imagine that, a president actually working on their priorities for the country- not just watching TV all day and tweeting.

- The art of the deal!

- You mean the job of legislating and governance actually involves negotiation and intelligent conversation to implement ideas and policies? Someone remind the constituents of Cawthorn and that Greene woman that a Representative is actually not just another influencer crossed with an MMA fighter.

- Many people in Congress--and not only Republicans-- have forgotten or never knew what the legislative process is like. Now, thanks to President Biden, a veteran of 36 years in the Senate and 8 years as a point man for legislation as vice president, people are learning how it is done. We need this process to succeed, and that means everyone must accept that they won't get everything they wanted. If you insist on all or nothing, it's even money you will end up with nothing.

- If you're a Republican, you really want to drown government in the bathtub, so it's just fine with you if government does nothing.

- I think it is telling that only Portman, a retiring Republican senator, did the final negotiating for that side....Sadly, they still fear the orange megalomaniac.

- [Biden] needs to show Americans that the legislative process can be repaired, that it can still work as designed, that it is worth pulling it out of the ditch... To do that, he needs to slowly, painstakingly pry some Republicans away from the iron grip of Trump, McConnell and McCarthy, and In the immortal words of LBJ, the last deal-making senator to occupy the Oval Office, “Come, let us reason together.”
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