Senate Republicans Propose $ 568 Billion Infrastructure Plan to Counter Biden

Washington — Senate Republican Announced $ 568 billion infrastructure plan Limited to roads, bridges, broadband and other physical infrastructure, Thursday will compete with President Biden’s US employment plan, a framework about one-quarter the size of his $ 2.2 trillion package. I countered with.

Their plans don’t specify how to pay their spending, but Republicans resisted the corporate tax hike pushed by Biden, keeping former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts intact and new user rates. Proposed.

Republicans blamed Biden’s proposal $ 400 billion to boost long-term care For the elderly and disabled, the Democratic Party wants to take advantage of the popularity of infrastructure, such as $ 174 billion for electric car stations and $ 300 billion for manufacturing, to fund unrelated liberal priorities in the same package. Insist.

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The car will drive on the elevated highway in Kearny, NJ, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. President Joe Biden is trying to convince the United States that a $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan is needed on behalf of the five-member

The car will drive on the elevated highway in Kearny, NJ, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. President Joe Biden has persuaded the United States to need a $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan and is acting on behalf of a five-member “job cabinet.”

A framework led by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va. And other Republicans do not cover such items, including those aimed at combating climate change, and instead focus solely on transportation projects, broadband infrastructure, and water pipes.

“I want to be clear, @ potus’ proposal goes beyond what constitutes infrastructure,” Kapito, a ranking member of the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works Commission, said in a tweet. “Today, we are paving the way for the core principles of defining infrastructure and addressing national needs.”

Other Republicans who support this proposal include Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Roger Wicker, Republicans, Pat Toomy, Republicans, Mike Claypo, Idaho, John Barasso, and Republicans. .. Republican Senator Mitt Romney called the plan a “responsible and solid step forward” and called on the Biden administration to “find something in common and meet us at the negotiating table.”

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White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the president sees the Republican plan as a valid starting point for negotiations.

“From the beginning, the president said he would accept sincere efforts to find a common foundation because the only unacceptable step is laziness,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the details of the proposal.”

Saki said he would invite lawmakers to the White House to negotiate shortly after Biden addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

Biden has put together his American employment plan as a “one-generation investment.” This is the country’s largest employment program since World War II and is in a position to compete economically with China in the United States. The White House has extended the traditional definition of infrastructure to include “human infrastructure.” Insist on change For example, in long-term care, it is necessary to enable more women to work.

Biden said he was ready to listen to all ideas, including Republican ideas, but opposed creating or raising user fees, claiming to tax working-class Americans.

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Psaki confirmed that Biden will announce the American Family Plan, the second part of his “Build Back Better” agenda, next week. This will include investment in childcare, paid leave, pre-kindergarten and education. The cost will be about $ 1.5 trillion. Washington post And The New York Times reportedWill be paid by a tax increase to the wealthiest Americans.

Saki refused to discuss the details, but reiterated Biden’s pledge that no one with income of less than $ 400,000 would pay any more taxes under the plan.

“That will certainly be reflected in the proposal he makes next week,” she said.

President Joe Biden will give a speech on infrastructure spending at the Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  (AP photo / Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: PAEV422

President Joe Biden will give a speech on infrastructure spending at the Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP photo / Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: PAEV422

The Republican plan, announced Thursday, will fund infrastructure upgrades over the next five years, a shorter period than Biden’s eight-year plan.

The Republican Party has proposed $ 299 billion for road and bridge upgrades. This is well above the $ 115 billion proposed in Biden’s plan, $ 44 billion for airport renovations and $ 25 billion outlined in Biden’s plan.

But Republican plans will cost much less in most other areas. The Republican Party proposed $ 61 billion for public transport systems and $ 20 billion for railroads, while Byden offered $ 85 billion for transportation and $ 80 billion for Amtrak’s improvements and expansions.

Republicans want $ 65 billion in broadband infrastructure. That’s significantly less than Biden’s $ 100 billion proposal. The Republican Party has proposed $ 35 billion for drinking and wastewater, compared to Biden’s $ 111 billion for clean drinking water, including the replacement of all lead pipes and service lines.

Republican plans also fund repairs to Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, clinics, and school buildings, as well as many other measures outlined in Long-term Care Expansion, R & D, Manufacturing, and Biden’s Proposals. You don’t even have to pay for it.

The following is a breakdown of the full spending proposed by the Republican Party.

  • Roads and Bridges – $ 299 Billion

  • Public Transportation System – $ 61 Billion

  • Railroad – $ 20 billion

  • Safety – $ 13 billion

  • Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure – $ 35 Billion

  • Inland waterways and ports – $ 17 billion

  • Airport – $ 44 billion

  • Broadband Infrastructure – $ 65 Billion

  • Water Storage – $ 14 Billion

Biden and the Democratic Party could thwart Republican filibuster attempts and try to pass a majority US employment plan in the Senate through budget adjustments. Reflecting how Biden won approval for his $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue program last month, it means no Republican vote is needed as long as all Democrats are involved.

Ten Republicans met with Biden at the White House during discussions on a bailout plan after proposing a $ 618 billion reduction package. But after Biden didn’t stick to reducing its size, those stories soon stalled.

Contact Joey Garrison on Twitter @ joeygarrison.

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Senate Republicans Propose Infrastructure Plan Against Biden