Trump blasts $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package as 'a disgrace' before key vote, criticizes McConnell's leadership

Donald Trump, former President, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021. AP Photo/LM OteroTrump again criticised the $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Bill ahead of a crucial vote.He stated, "It will prove very difficult for me to endorse any foolish person who votes in favor of this agreement."Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York hopes that the legislation will be passed on Saturday.Check out more stories from Insider's business page.Trump, the former President, blasted Saturday's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. Senate negotiators spent months carefully putting together this package. Trump called the legislation "disgraceful" hours before the expected vote to approve the bill and asked Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky GOP Minority Leader, to push for a better deal.Trump's Save America PAC released a statement accusing Senate Republicans of allowing the Democratic agenda to be implemented. The former president warned them to think twice before they approve the "terrible deal".Trump stated in his opening message that Joe Biden's bill for infrastructure was a disgrace. "If Mitch McConnell were smart, which we have no evidence of," Trump said in his opening message. He would use the debt limit card to negotiate a good package for infrastructure.Trump claimed that he was unable to secure an infrastructure package during his term. He said that the lawmakers didn't have sufficient time to read through the legislation.He said, "This bill is 2,700 pages that no one could possibly have read. They would have had to take speed reading classes." "It's a gift to Democrat Party, thanks to Mitch McConnell, and some RINOs who don't know what they're doing."Former president warned GOP lawmakers that the bill would be used against them in "upcoming elections in 2022/2024". He also cautioned that it would be difficult for him to endorse any person foolish enough to vote for this deal.Continue reading: Jen Psaki's White House experience can make her richContinue the storyThe bill was negotiated by several Republican legislators, including Senators. Mitt Romney (Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), as well as retiring Senator. Rob Portman, Ohio, has long sought bipartisan consensus in this area.Portman reached out to Trump recently in an effort to support the plan. He pointed out that the legislation didn't repeal the party's 2017 tax reform bill. However, the former president has not been moved.Portman said that he hoped Trump would be supportive at the end. Portman said that he would keep Trump informed about what the team is doing. He believes it's vital that this remain bipartisan. It's not a victory of one party over the other. In my opinion, it's a victory to the American people.New York's Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has set a Saturday afternoon vote in order to close the debate on the infrastructure bill.Schumer must hold the 50-50 Senate with the infrastructure bill subjected to filibuster rules. He must also secure the support of at least 10 GOP votes in order to reach the 60 vote threshold for the legislation to be passed.Up to now, 18 Senate Republicans (including McConnell) have supported the bill.CBO released a Thursday analysis that showed that the bill would increase the deficit by $256 billion over the next 10 year. However, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat from Arizona, called for the passage of the bill. This indicates that CBO used different numbers in their calculations."The bill's new spending is offset by a combination of new revenues and savings. Some of this is reflected on the formal CBO score, while some is reflected elsewhere in savings and additional revenue identified through estimates. CBO has a limited range of what it can include in its formal scoring," senators stated in a statement.Democrats want to pass a $3.5 trillion separate "human infrastructure" bill through budget reconciliation. This would only require a simple majority.Business Insider has the original article.