As Democrats continue negotiations on their sweeping reconciliation package that centrist senators are putting up a fight over, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday appeared to cheer on disagreements among Democratic senators over the content and topline of the “human infrastructure” bill.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Johnson was asked to respond to Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) opposition to the crux of Democrats’ climate plan in the reconciliation bill (Clean Electricity Performance Program), and whether Democrats will meet the deadline of Oct. 31 that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) set to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package.
“Well, I hope for Democrat gridlock,” Johnson said. “Oftentimes, in Washington, D.C., gridlock is the better alternative, but when it’s Democrat gridlock, pray for it. I hope that’s exactly what happens.”
Johnson’s remarks were made as Democratic leadership have begun accepting the reality that centrist senators Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) will likely force the reconciliation package’s price tag to be cut down to around $2 trillion from its current topline of $3.5 trillion.
Twitter users swiftly torched Johnson for wishing destruction on Democrats’ agenda: