Senate rules boost Biden as Republicans support infrastructure

Washington (AP) — President Joe Biden appeals for big thoughts and advertises a $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan directly to Americans, with Republicans paying big taxes, big spending, and big government.

Congressional Republicans are making a politically brave bet that it would be advantageous to oppose the costly US employment plan, giving the Democrats ownership of a drastic proposal, and Biden pays it. Therefore, it is necessary to raise the corporate tax. He wants to invest in approved roads, schools, broadband and clean energy by the summer.

On Monday, Biden was backed by an unexpected source. Senators allow evenly divided 50-50 Democrats to proceed with some bills depending on a threshold of 51 votes instead of the usual 60 votes normally required Shed light on the strategy to do. So-called budget adjustment rules are now available more often than expected. This will allow Democrats to take a new path to avoid the Republican blockade.

A spokesman for Senate Leader Chuck Schumer welcomed the views of parliamentarians as an “significant step forward.” Spokesman Justin Goodman said no decisions had been made on the future process, but “this important route is available to the Democratic Party if needed.”

The outlook for large-scale infrastructure investment, once the source of Capitol Hill’s bipartisan unity, cracked and moaned under the weight of political polarization. If Biden sees an urgent need to grow, Republicans want a narrow plan focused on roads and bridges, warning that a corporate tax hike will crush economic growth.

“They know we need it,” Biden said of Republicans when he returned to Washington on Monday. “Everyone in the world is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure. We’re going to do that here.”

Hope that continued public attention will increase support as Congress hankers to begin drafting legislation, leaving the White House open to work across the aisle with the Republicans. And standoffs ensure a slogan of almost a month.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell clearly declared on Monday that Biden’s plan was “what we wouldn’t do.”

McConnell, who told reporters in Kentucky, said Republicans could support a “much more modest” approach and an approach that did not rely on corporate tax increases to pay for it.

At its core is Biden’s efforts to pay infrastructure by canceling Donald Trump’s tax cuts on businesses, which is the result of a congressional signature of the Trump White House and its partners.

The 2017 GOP tax bill, voted by all Republicans, reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. It was supposed to usher in a new era of US investment and job creation, but growth never approached promised levels and the pandemic plunged the economy into recession.

Biden is proposing to raise the tax rate to 28% and set a global minimum tax rate to discourage companies from moving to tax havens. Democratic senators, led by Senator Ron Weiden of the Senate Finance Committee, announced on Monday their own framework for a review of international taxation that could provide a gateway to Biden’s approach.

“We are desperately in need of reform,” said Senator Mark Warner, D-Va, one of the people involved in the effort. Said.

Biden’s proposed shepherds through parliament are underway in the evenly divided 50-50 Senate, which is dominated by the Democratic Party, especially because the party’s vice president, Kamala Harris, can cast the same number of votes. It is the work of.

However, one senator can break the rank and affect the size and shape of the package. On Monday, Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) Showed that he prefers a lower 25% corporate tax rate than Biden proposes.

Republicans have taken control of the Democratic Party and have shown that they are not interested in revoking the tax cuts they have approved with Trump, instead with smaller infrastructure packages paid by user fees for drivers and other public-private partnerships that share costs. I like it.

Senator Roy Blunt, a member of Senate Republican leadership, said on Sunday that about $ 615 billion, or 30% of Biden’s proposal, a smaller infrastructure package could elicit bipartisan support. Stated.

Government officials encouraged to talk more about what Republicans hate and what to do instead, with the opinion that the fight for ideas only helps Biden gain voter support. did.

The president has already met twice in the Oval Office with a group of bipartisan parliamentarians, and members of the Biden Cabinet, who lead the responsibility for infrastructure, have also called dozens of parliamentarians on both sides of the aisle.

Still, the White House is unlikely to reach an agreement on any outreach due to the fundamental disagreement with the Republicans on the definition of infrastructure.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing Monday, “Infrastructure isn’t just the roads we cross horses and buggies. Infrastructure is about broadband. People Replacing the lead pipes to get water. Rebuilding the school. “

It leaves Biden and Congressional Republicans on the clash course, and the result could define the party and his presidency.

The GOP strategy is reminiscent of the Obama-era stance of more than a decade ago, which Republicans opposed the 2009 bailout after the economic crisis and regarded it as an overkill for the debt-laden government. This is the argument used to regain Republican control in 2010. Meeting.

But it’s not entirely clear whether a Republican playbook that worked more than a decade ago will now generate the same political interests. Biden is working on a poll that suggests that his infrastructure package will be popular among voters from both parties and will make it easier to avoid the Republican blockade at Capitol Hill.

Harris, who visited a water treatment plant on Monday in California, said access to clean water was about a broader issue of equity.

With Governor Gavin Newsom, Harris needs federal assistance for some families in Iowa and the Midwest to upgrade their property wells, and parts of California to fight wildfires. He said he needed reliable access.

“We must understand the fairness and inequality of distribution and access to clean water, especially clean drinking water,” Harris said.


The Associated Press writer, Alexandra Jaffe, contributed to this report.