Republicans will urge Biden to cut his infrastructure bill from $ 2 trillion to $ 600 billion and ditch tax increases in favor of “ user fees ”
- Senate Republicans prepare to counter Biden’s $ 2T infrastructure package
- Their plan would focus on traditional infrastructure; costs $ 600 – $ 800 billion
- GOP would pay for it with a combination of user fees and COVID aid money
Senate Republicans are preparing a counter-proposal to President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure package, a package that would slash the price tag and pay for it by some means other than raising taxes.
Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who has spearheaded negotiations for the GOP, said the Republican counter-offer would be ready “hopefully by the end of the week.”
The GOP plan would be in the range of $ 600 billion to $ 800 billion and focus on traditional infrastructure projects. Republicans have complained that items in Biden’s plan – such as affordable housing, childcare, and the fight against climate change – are not infrastructure.
Republicans want to pay for their plan through a combination of user fees and some of the $ 350 billion sent to state and local governments in the US bailout, The hill reported.
Senate Republicans are preparing a counter-proposal to President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure package
West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito has spearheaded the GOP infrastructure package, and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said they are open to negotiating with President Biden on a “ modest ” bill
“We are open to a more modest and targeted infrastructure law,” Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.
Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the party leadership, said GOP lawmakers were willing to negotiate a package targeting traditional infrastructure.
“There is a path out there, and if the Democrats were willing to negotiate something like that, there could be a deal,” he said.
Biden argues that all elements in his plan relate to the national infrastructure and wants to pay for it by increasing corporate tax. Democrats are unlikely to support the GOP payment method.
But some Democrats see a focus on traditional infrastructure items – such as roads, bridges, and airports – as a first step toward a bigger deal.
President Biden received a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Oval Office on Monday to discuss his infrastructure package
Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a close ally of Biden, said on Fox News Sunday that the Senate should “ come together in a two-pronged way to pass that $ 800 billion in hard infrastructure bill ” and then submit a second package. that would contain additional items, the president suggests.
Biden is criticized from his left wing, who wanted him to get even bigger.
The White House is working to soften progressives by talking about the American Families Plan, a second part of the infrastructure initiative to be released this month that focuses on social programs, including the child discount.
But most Republicans strongly oppose the social programs, and liberals are concerned that a smaller first-round package passed with bipartisan support could destroy the second-round proposal.