Joe Biden defends $2.25 trillion package: 'The idea of infrastructure has always evolved'

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President Biden on Wednesday defended his $2.25 trillion infrastructure package as vital for America to compete with world superpowers such as China, saying that items like high-speed internet and clean energy should fall under an evolving definition of "infrastructure."
"We will not be open to doing nothing. Inaction simply is not an option," Mr. Biden said in a speech near the White House.

The president said he's willing to compromise on the 28% corporate tax rate — an increase from 21% — that he included to pay for part of the spending.

"Debate is welcome. Compromise is inevitable. Changes are certain," he said. "I am prepared to work — I really am. But to automatically say that the only thing that's infrastructure is a highway, a bridge or whatever — that's just not rational."

Mr. Biden pointed out that trains and highways weren't considered traditional infrastructure at various points in American history.

"We don't just fix for today — we build for tomorrow," Mr. Biden said, saying he's willing to have a debate with lawmakers who want more money plowed into fixing roads and bridges. "The idea of infrastructure has always evolved to meet the aspirations of the American people and their needs. And it's evolving again today."

The spending side of the plan includes $620 billion for transportation infrastructure, $650 billion for universal broadband, clean water, upgrades to the electric grid and affordable housing, $400 billion for caregiving initiatives for seniors and the…
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