by Steve Holland
COVINGTON, Kentucky (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell made a rare joint appearance in Kentucky on Wednesday to highlight a bipartisanship that the House blanche hopes to see it at work in the coming months with the new Congress.
The visit came as the Republican Party was still unable to appoint the “speaker” of the House of Representatives, which it took over in November’s midterms elections, a small group of radicals blocking the appointment of Kevin McCarthy and giving rise to a situation not seen since 1923.
“We disagree on a lot of things but here’s what matters: he’s a man of his word,” Joe Biden said of Mitch McConnell. “It sends an important message to the whole country: we can work together,” he continued, contrasting with the turmoil undermining the Republican Party.
“We can achieve things. We can move the nation forward if we put aside a small part of our egos and focus on what is necessary for the country,” added the American president.
Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell, both 80, traveled to Covington on the Brent Spence Bridge, which connects the Kentucky city to Cincinnati, Ohio, to tout how the plan is being used $1 trillion infrastructure funding package approved with bipartisan support by Congress.
This common appearance serves both the Democratic president and the leader of the Republican senators. Mitch McConnell wants to reap laurels from voters in his state of Kentucky, while Joe Biden wants to demonstrate the concrete expression on the ground of the collaborative efforts of parliamentarians on both sides.
“The country needs to see examples like this,” said Mitch McConnell, calling the bipartisan agreement that passed the massive infrastructure investment plan a “legislative miracle.”
While he had the majority in Congress during the first two years of his mandate, Joe Biden must now deal with a lower house in the hands of the Republicans, who hope to hinder his program and open investigations against him and members of his administration. . The White House believes that American voters want the opposite of that.
(Report Steve Holland, with Trevor Hunnicutt; French version Jean Terzian)