Biden Admin Urges Bipartisan Support For Infrastructure Plan Amid GOPers Crying Foul

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Biden administration officials on Sunday reiterated the President's hope for bipartisan support for his infrastructure proposal amid Republican senators…
Biden administration officials on Sunday reiterated the President's hope for bipartisan support for his infrastructure proposal amid Republican senators signaling their opposition to the plan, which they argue doesn't focus enough on traditional infrastructure.

In announcing his infrastructure proposal last week, Biden said that the package would focus on rebuilding roads, bridges and airports; expanding broadband access; and boosting electric vehicle use and updating the country's electric grid to fight climate change. Biden's infrastructure proposal would also increase the corporate tax rate to 28% to offset spending.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed his opposition to the President's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal by characterizing it as a "Trojan horse" that will lead to "more borrowed money and massive tax increases on all the productive parts of our economy."

Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) reinforced McConnell's opposition on Sunday by insisting that Biden's infrastructure proposal veers off the beaten path.

Appearing on ABC News on Sunday, Blunt said that there would be an "easy bipartisan win" on the President's package if only it were "nearly focused on infrastructure."

"When people think about infrastructure, they're thinking about roads, bridges, ports and airports," Blunt said. "That's a very small part of what they're calling an infrastructure package that does so much more than infrastructure."

Wicker also argued that the President is using his infrastructure proposal to justify "a huge tax increase" during an appearance on MSNBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

After saying that he is open to working with the Biden administration on an infrastructure bill and has had conversations with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in the past few days about it, Wicker took issue with the package increasing corporate tax rates while decrying the President's hope to push his infrastructure plan with bipartisan…
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