Biden’s massive infrastructure plan hits Republican blockade

The Republican Party was willing to approve a shortened version of the infrastructure plan promoted by Joe Biden

The Republican Party was willing to approve a shortened version of the infrastructure plan promoted by Joe Biden

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Republicans opened the door Sunday to supporting a pared down version of Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, saying concentrating on physical improvements would deliver an "easy bipartisan win" for the USA president.

He added that this would not prevent the government from subsequently pushing other aspects of its plan with a party vision.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's spokesman told CNN in a statement Monday that "the Parliamentarian has advised that a revised budget resolution may contain budget reconciliation instructions".

During the interview, Manchin suggested that while he's against raising the corporate tax rate to 28%, he may be able to support raising it to 25%, citing the need to maintain America's market competitiveness.

"While no decisions have been made on a legislative path forward using Section 304 and some parameters still need to be worked out, the Parliamentarian's opinion is an important step forward that this key pathway is available to Democrats if needed", spokesman Justin Goodman said. "As part of President Biden's Build Back Better Agenda, we must support domestic manufacturing industries like aluminum and steel that produce the raw materials necessary to rebuild America's infrastructure". "This was just the opening salvo in what will be a long and complicated process".

Observers say Democrats can pass the investment plan in the Senate using a procedure called reconciliation, which allows a measure to advance without 60 votes.

Roy Blunt chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee
Roy Blunt chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee

Most Americans now support the Democratic president's plan, said Granholm, one of several senior Biden administration officials who promoted the proposal on television news shows on Sunday.

"As he has said, he was sent to the presidency to do a job for America". "Now's our chance to make infrastructure choices for the future that are going to serve us well in the 2030s and on into the middle of the century".

The Democratic president wants to invest about $ 2 trillion in eight years.

The President noted that infrastructure has historically been a bipartisan undertaking, but the issue of how to pay for the proposal is where the negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to get sticky.

"If we'd go back and look at roads and bridges and ports and airports, and maybe even underground water systems and broadband, you'd still be talking about less than 30% of this entire package", Blunt said on "Fox News Sunday".

Biden's plan would raise the corporate income tax rate after deductions to 28% from the current 21%.

"The American people want bold action to address our country's many challenges, and Democrats now have more options to overcome Republican obstruction and get things done".

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