Now, Van Hollen tells CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” that his party should go alone and go through a massive infrastructure plan with the votes of Democrats.
“Ultimately, if we can’t get the Republican Party to join We have to keep moving forward,” the Maryland Democrat said. “And my view is that the time has come.”
The White House is shifting focus to upcoming proposals from a bipartisan Senate group led by Manchin, but Van Hollen confirmed Wednesday that. “The most important thing is at the end of the day. What we pass must recognize the bold vision presented by President Biden in both the American Jobs Plan and the American Family Plan.”
“And although this bipartisan agreement is good, But it did not begin to cover and match that vision. We have to take action now on the reconciliation package and get everyone on board,” he said.
President Van Hollen continued, “We negotiated in good faith. But just as he did with the American Rescue Plan when Republicans refused to join the dinner table. We have to do the right thing for the country.”
CNN’s Lauren Fox, Jessica Dean, Daniella Diaz, Clare Foran and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.