Washington (Associated Press)-Republicans in Congress are making bold political bets against President Joe Biden’s ambitious reconstruction of the United States agenda than to provide support for roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments that cost $2.3 trillion More favorable.
The Republicans did not provide any means of voting for the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. They plan to watch the next major move by the White House, forcing Democrats to take full control of the huge spending plan and corporate tax hikes. Biden hopes to approve it in the summer. s project. Since Biden has no signs of adapting to the Republican leader, but directly seeking support from his voters, tensions may intensify this week.
Biden told reporters at the White House: “I think Republican voters will have a lot to say about whether we can do a lot of work.”
This put Biden and the Republicans in Congress into conflict, and the result can determine the parties and their presidency. The Republican Party’s strategy is reminiscent of the Obama era blockade, which defeated the Democratic presidential election more than a decade ago. Republicans then and now intend to hold Democrats accountable for all upcoming taxes and expenditures, just like their rescue in 2009 after the economic crisis, which was attributed to excessive government expansion and heavy debts.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell) categorically announced last week that he would fight Biden’s agenda “along every step”, thus setting a clear tone for his party.
But it is totally uncertain whether the GOP script that operated more than a decade ago will generate the same political gains this time. Voters seem to be tired of the partisan deadlock in Washington, living in the country’s run-down, and show that they initially supported Biden’s governance methods, at least in the virus aid program.
A recent poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Public Research Center found that Americans responded well to the president’s actions, with 73% approving of the president’s handling of the epidemic. This includes about half of Republicans.
Senator Roy Blunt, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, said on Sunday that if the White House finds a way to get bipartisan support from the Republican Party, this is a smaller, about $615 billion plan, namely Biden. 30% of the proposed scheme. Payment without increasing the corporate tax rate. He pointed to potential driver and other user costs.
“There are easy wins here,” Blunt said on “Sunday Fox News.”
Democratic leaders in Congress are not afraid of the new era of big government, but embrace it, believing that they can bypass the blockade of the Republican Party on Capitol Hill and directly provide reasons for Americans who desire to invest in houses, communities, and livelihoods, especially in China and the United States. Other competitors have made progress.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, compared Biden’s plans with the ambitious goals of his previous presidents—from Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to build the Erie Canal to Teddy Roosevelt ( Teddy Roosevelt) on the national park system.
Pelosi said at the press conference: “Now, in this century, President Biden is adhering to the tradition of big thinking.”
Progressives want Biden to go further. Senator Bernie Sanders of Virginia said on Sunday that he expects more funds to tackle climate change and is working to include his proposal to expand dental, vision and hearing aid medical care for the elderly. service.
“It’s time to tackle our physical infrastructure and our human infrastructure,” Sanders said on CNN.
When Congress begins to draft laws for Biden’s proposal, both parties will be tested.
In the House of Representatives, lawmakers will be invited to submit requests for projects in their area, which may be “designated” roads and other infrastructure that are eligible for federal funding. This is a way to attract the participation of both parties and ensure that funds are used for agreed needs.
Republicans are often forced to participate in elections or disengaged. They are often pressured by elected officials and other voters who clamor for funds to upgrade sewers, airports and countless other infrastructure systems.
After the president announced the plan, McConnell stirred up questions in Kentucky about the funds that might flow for the home country’s roads, bridges, and housing projects, and McConnell cracked down on these funds one by one.
McConnell said that Biden’s package “will not receive our support.”
When asked about McConnell’s comments, Biden smiled when speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday and asked whether the Republicans were arguing that the country did not need infrastructure? Or does the Republican Party “decided that we need it, but they won’t pay?”
Biden also pointed out whether Republicans are opposed to cleaning up lead pipes in houses, schools and daycare centers.
“What would you do if they found that all the lead pipes in the Capitol were on it?” Biden asked.
At the same time, Democrats and Republicans will face a politically difficult vote to raise corporate taxes to cover all expenditures, which largely boycotts business groups. This is consistent with Biden’s permanent increase in the tax rate paid by companies from 21% to 21%. 28% of the plan went in the opposite direction. .
Both sides see this as an almost existing struggle with competing political views: Democrats believe in the power of the government to take the lead in solving national problems; Republicans, they believe in the private sector to promote solutions.
On Capitol Hill, this is also a struggle for which party controls Congress.
After Obama was elected in 2008, McConnell famously said that his goal is to make him a long-term president. This time around the Republican leader seems to have a short-term goal at hand-he wants to win back the current 50-50 Senate.
Republican strategist Alex Conant said: “They are close to the majority in 2022, so you can taste it.”
The Democratic Party has control of the Senate because its vice chairman, Kamala Harris, can vote in the tiebreaker. In the House of Representatives, the Democratic majority holds only a minority of seats.
“They really don’t want Biden to win,” Conant said.
Democrats who are not sure about their political prospects have no chance to legislate as if they were borrowed time.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed a possible procedure that would allow Biden’s plan to advance without having to overcome the typical 60-vote threshold required by Republicans’ opposition. Instead, it can be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes.
Pelosi set a July 4 goal for the House of Representatives vote, but he acknowledged that the ambitious timetable may be delayed.
She said: “The sooner we complete the legislation, the sooner we can allocate resources.”
She said the goal is to “finish the work as quickly as possible.”