Biden delves into negotiations on infrastructure and employment plans

President Joe Biden will speak at an event on the American Jobs Plan at the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  (AP photo / Evan Vucci)

President Biden will talk about his infrastructure, work and social program packages from the White House on Wednesday. (The Associated Press)

President Biden said he was prepared to compromise on Wednesday in anticipation of fierce negotiations with Congress on infrastructure and employment planning, but would not delay the promotion of one of the most daring and costly proposals in recent years. ..

He said he expects the United States to make the necessary investments in roads, bridges and power grids too late or split in dictatorial leaders around the world, especially in China, globally. Continued to insist on domestic initiatives in terms of more.

“We can’t afford to prove they’re right,” Biden said from the White House complex. “We must show the world, and more importantly, that democracy works and can get together in the big things.”

Biden wants to spend more than $ 2 trillion in eight years. This will be covered by an increase in the corporate tax rate. But Republicans and some Democrats are against it, he said, “I’m going to negotiate about it.”

Not only the Republican opposition, but the numbers are likely to change. Senator Joe Manchin (DW.V.), a major swing vote, said this week that Biden’s proposed 28% income tax rate on businesses is too high and he wants to set it at 25%. That rate was 35% until former President Trump signed a law to reduce it to 21% in late 2017.

“The bill exists today and needs to be changed,” Manchin told a radio host in West Virginia.

Senate leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) on Monday, Democrat Avoid potential Republican filibuster By pushing the bill through an adjustment process that can be used for budget-related issues, such as earlier this year when Congress approved Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion pandemic bailout package. Still, they couldn’t afford to lose one vote at a 50-member caucuse.

Biden defended his proposal against Republican criticism that there were too many non-infrastructure clauses, with less than 6% of total spending on roads and bridges.

“Infrastructure ideas have always evolved to meet the aspirations and needs of Americans,” he said. “And it is evolving again today.”

The proposal includes funding to make broadband Internet access universal, replace lead pipes, and build a network of electric vehicle charging stations. There is also funding for research and development and expansion of long-term care programs for the elderly and disabled.

Parliament is back from next week’s recess and Biden hopes a final deal will be reached this summer. This is a very ambitious schedule given the range of packages and political pitfalls.

“We listen. We will accept good ideas and good faith negotiations,” Biden said. “But this is what we don’t accept. We don’t accept doing anything. Neglect is not just an option.”

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..

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