After President Biden outlined his proposal for a $2.2 trillion spending bill on Wednesday, a group of Senate Republicans are sternly opposed to the plan.
The opposition even comes from moderates who are trying to work with Biden on the coronavirus stimulus bill. If the Democrats want to pass what Biden calls “the largest US employment investment since World War II,” then the Democrats are more likely to be forced to make a budget settlement again.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman said: “I support improving America’s aging roads, bridges, ports, and other infrastructure. We can work bipartisanship.”
“Fundamentally, the President’s plan calls for investment of US$620 billion in transportation infrastructure. However, due to the inclusion of these broad policy priorities, the total amount has soared to US$3 trillion, which is far from what we once defined as infrastructure. Far away, Portman said. The Biden administration’s plan redefines infrastructure to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in priority areas such as healthcare, workforce development, and research and development.”
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Portman was one of ten Republicans who went to the White House to meet with Biden in a potential bipartisan coronavirus stimulus in February, but was rejected because the Democrats refused to make concessions on any content of the bill. Another of these senators is Shelley Moore Capito (Shelley Moore Capito) of West Virginia, who also said that Biden’s proposal is unfounded.
Capito, the highest-ranked member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said: “The president’s partisan proposal goes far beyond the scope of infrastructure, and the Senate is still continuing negotiations between the two parties.”
She added: “President Biden’s so-called “work” proposal is a clear attempt to transform the economy by advancing priorities in an unprecedented way. The proposal will actively reduce the use of traditional energy sources and reduce high-paying jobs in Western Virginia and across the country. .Perhaps the worst is that as the United States tries to recover from its economic difficulties, this will increase taxes for the U.S. economy.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also firmly opposed Biden’s plan, because the United States got rid of the pandemic that had already cost a lot of money, and raised concerns about continued huge spending bills. .
“I am concerned about the level of national debt. We have reached a tipping point here. I hope that whenever we want to do something, call it a national emergency and run away, we will not start to develop this habit. National debt,” McConnell said in Kentucky. “Twenty-seven trillion U.S. dollars. The same size as our economy. This is the first time since World War II.”
The Biden White House stated that the plan will be paid for through corporate tax increases.
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In another statement, the minority leader also accused Biden of selling the “infrastructure” bill, which is actually a “Trojan horse” for other priorities.
McConnell said: “This plan is not to rebuild the backbone of the United States. Of this huge proposal, less than 6% is used for roads and bridges.” “The cost of electric vehicles alone is higher than that of roads in the United States. The sum of the costs on bridges, ports, airports and waterways is more.”
Indeed, the White House’s “U.S. Jobs Program” summarized that it will spend $115 billion on modernizing the bridges, highways, roads and main streets that need repairs the most of the $2.2 trillion of the total plan.
McConnell added: “It contains the broadest left-wing priorities, such as attacking the blue-collar Americans’ right-to-work protection system, which is a huge favor for Big Labor bosses. Every time left-wing dogma conflicts with the interests of American families. Today’s Democrats will choose dogma.”
At the same time, the White House is working on its proposal, the “U.S. Jobs Program,” as an investment in a very broad definition of infrastructure that will modernize the U.S. economy and promote the most struggling people.
Biden said in his speech to announce the plan in Pittsburgh on Wednesday: “Now is the time to build the economy from the bottom up, from the middle to the bottom instead of from the top down.” “This time when we rebuild the middle class, we will take the lead. Everyone, regardless of your background, skin color, religious beliefs, and the way everyone gets along.”
The White House said that the plan’s expenditure details include US$620 billion for roads, bridges and ports; US$400 billion for nursing homes; US$580 billion for vocational training, research and development and clean energy; US$650 billion for power grids and broadband And water system.
Of the $620 billion spent on roads, bridges and ports, the White House reduced its total investment in electric vehicles to $174 billion, more than any other single project in this category.
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Biden added: “The U.S. employment program will modernize the currently difficult 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and main streets.” “It will repair the ten most important economic bridges in the United States that need to be replaced.”
In terms of elderly home care, the White House designated this expenditure as an investment in “our care infrastructure.”
But Republicans still don’t believe it.
Senator Bill Hagerty of R-Tenn said: “I will not support large pet projects for Democrats. These projects are not costly and are based on the hard-working Tennessee taxpayers’ money. Promote the Green New Deal under the guise of infrastructure.”.
Senator: President of the Republican Conference of the Senate John Barasso (R-Wyo): “The plan announced by President Biden today is an out-of-control socialist spending spree… President Biden should change course and focus on our bipartisan highway. If he is really interested in improving our infrastructure, he can pass it from the previous Congress.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on MSNBC on Wednesday that the president intends to work with Republicans to reach a bipartisan consensus on the presidential plan, and he is willing to change.
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Psaki said to the “Dawn” staff: “We welcome ideas.” “If Republicans have ideas, other Democrats will have different ideas to pay for the program, and there are different ways to achieve goals. We hold that. Open minded. So I think this will also be part of the process.”
However, it remains to be seen how much Democrats in the White House and Congress are willing to change their plans in order to get Republican votes. At the same time, Democrats in Congress are preparing to pass the bill through the process of budget adjustment. Such a move (used in the Democratic Party’s coronavirus stimulus plan that has not been voted by the Republicans) will allow them to bypass the 60-vote Senate opposition party and thus do not have to compromise with Republicans.
An aide to the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats are arguing with Senate members that the law allowing a settlement process will allow Congress to essentially modify any past settlement bills. Congress convenes once every two years. There are two reconciliation tools. The Democrats have used one reconciliation tool to pass the coronavirus stimulus plan.
If this loophole does exist, members of Congress have the final say. However, if it does so, it may allow Democrats to pass Biden’s current “U.S. Jobs Program,” and then simply modify the settlement measures that have already been passed, reducing the settlement measures by three or four times.
However, if this path is taken, the Democrats will have to tread lightly, because even when the Republicans are eliminated, their majority rarely gives them room for error.
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House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) said on Tuesday that Biden’s $2.2 trillion plan was “underspend” and pointed out that the money would be spread over about ten years. At the same time, Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat in the Senate, will not lose and will still be able to pass the bill without Republican support. He said that unless Democrats at least try to negotiate with Republicans, he will not support a settlement.
“I am unwilling to reach a settlement until we at least give the two parties cooperation, start cooperation or allow the Senate to perform its duties. Just assuming’Hey, they will never cooperate with us…’ I will not “disapprove”, Manchin is When talking about the infrastructure bill on the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), it said: “We don’t need to settle before other procedures fail. This means the committee’s normal procedures, hearings and amendments. ”
Nonetheless, Schumer urged on Wednesday that “a bold plan” be passed quickly.
Schumer said: “Solving infrastructure, climate and environmental justice issues at the same time, and creating millions of high-paying jobs, is the right combination to meet the challenges the United States is facing now.” “This will not only make clean energy and clean transportation affordable.” , It will also create millions of new jobs with good wages, and this often happens when we invest in infrastructure and manufacturing as we do here.”
Chad Pergram and Hillary Vaughn of Fox News contributed to this report.