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Republicans lambast US president amid Democratic stalemate 

US President Joe Biden walks with his grandchildren in Wilmington, DE, on October 3, 2021, after leaving St. Joseph on the Brandywine church. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Republicans are censuring US President Joe Biden amid his failure to address the stalemate among members of his party. 

Biden appeared in Congress Friday to broker a compromise between the progressive and moderates of the Democratic Party to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending package but to no avail. 

"What we're seeing is like watching an episode of 'The Twilight Zone,' I thought Joe Biden went to the Hill on Friday to try to get that bipartisan infrastructure bill passed and instead he surrendered to the radical wing of his party and now you have this big government, socialism, reckless spending bill being basically used to hold hostage the things that the American people want: our roads and bridges, highways, all of those things,"  Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso told Fox News on Sunday. 

Democrats are resorting to a range of different ideas to solve the stalemate although some of the moderate members of the Congress are still refusing to cooperate over the matter. 

"This was before Afghanistan, when the president lost a lot of political muscle. Now we're at a point where the president is weak and really, Bernie Sanders, the far-left Democrats are driving the bus and Joe Biden is just along for the ride," said Barrasso.

‘Death of 2020 Biden’

While some liberal lawmakers have expressed confidence that they would be able to pass both measures, there were concerns within the party that the impasse could hurt the liberals’ chances of winning of winning in 2022 midterm and the 2024 presidential elections. 

“It's the death of 2020 Joe Biden. When he went to the Hill, 2020 Joe Biden is now officially dead and buried,” Former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie told ABC News. “The guy who ran against the progressives, ran against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, ran to be a uniter in this country, ran saying he was going to force compromise. And he went up to Capitol Hill, and he capitulated to the progressives, the liberals in his party.”

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has suggested that they could scale back the timetable for funding some of the program to compromise in the face of opposition from Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. 

“We do have to compromise with the fact that we have Sens. Manchin and Sinema who refused to support certain programs for working families. And so the compromises and options that we have before us is the short enough funding programs — do you reduce the level of funding? Do you cut programs out together?” Ocasio-Cortez told CBS.

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