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Democratic senator says his party should move on infrastructure without GOP: 'We cannot just sort of twiddle our thumbs'

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Wednesday that it's time for his party to move forward on infrastructure legislation without Republican agreement, asserting that members of his party "cannot just sort of twiddle our thumbs at the negotiating table while the time fritters away."

(CNN)Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Wednesday that it's time for his party to move forward on infrastructure legislation without Republican agreement, asserting that members of his party "cannot just sort of twiddle our thumbs at the negotiating table while the time fritters away. "

After several weeks of talks, including multiple meetings in the Oval Office, negotiations on a massive infrastructure plan with a group of Senate Republicans collapsed Tuesday, dealing a blow to President Joe Biden's attempts at bipartisanship.

Now, Van Hollen told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront," his party should go it alone and pass a massive infrastructure plan with just Democratic votes.

"At the end of the day, if we can't get the Republicans on board, we need to move forward," the Maryland Democrat said.

But Van Hollen maintained Wednesday, "The most important thing is, at the end of the day, what we pass has to embrace that bold vision that President Biden put forward in both the American Jobs Plan and the American Family Plan. "

The President, Van Hollen continued, "has negotiated in good faith, but just like he did with the American Rescue Plan, when Republicans refused to come to the table, we need to do the right thing for the country. "

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