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Sen. Portman: blindsided by Biden comments linking infrastructure and reconciliation bills

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Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, left, and other bipartisan group of senators outside the White House in Washington after Biden invited members of the group of 21 Republican and Democratic senators to discuss an infrastructure plan. Portman, a three-decade Washington veteran plans to retire rather than run next year. He announced in January he would not seek a third term, saying it had become too hard to get things done. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) left, and other bipartisan group of senators outside the White House in Washington after Biden invited members of the group of 21 Republican and Democratic senators to discuss an infrastructure plan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) left, and other bipartisan group of senators outside the White House in Washington after Biden invited members of the group of 21 Republican and Democratic senators to discuss an infrastructure plan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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UPDATED 1:12 PM PT – Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he was relieved to hear Joe Biden walked back recent comments regarding the bipartisan infrastructure bill. In an interview on Sunday, the Ohio lawmaker said he was “blindsided” by Biden’s comments that the infrastructure bill was somehow linked to the Democrat-led reconciliation package.

Portman noted that there had never been discussions over the last four months linking the bills and said he was pleased lawmakers could now move forward with the broadly popular bill. The Republican senator went on to insist a bipartisan infrastructure agreement would result in a more efficient and productive economy.

“It’s something that we need to do to be able to compete with China and our other global competitors and to frankly do something that presidents through the ages have talked about,” he explained. “I remember when Donald Trump talked about it, the need for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill.”‘

GOP lawmakers reported discussions regarding the bipartisan infrastructure deal have resumed since Biden clarified his comments. The proposal consists of an estimated $1 trillion, which would be spent on physical infrastructure such as transportation systems, water systems and broadband.

On the subject of President Trump, Portman said the 45th president is definitely the leader of the Republican party. He added Trump has high popularity among the GOP base pointing to Saturday night’s rally attendance.

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