What Will It Take For Congress To Pass Biden's Infrastructure Plan?

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Lawmakers are beginning to take a deeper look at the president's $2 trillion package to upgrade the nation's roads, bridges and railways. It is facing opposition from Republicans.
What Will It Take For Congress To Pass Biden's Infrastructure Plan?



RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

What will it take for Congress to pass President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan? Lawmakers are beginning to take a deeper look at the package to upgrade the nation's roads, bridges and railways. But it goes beyond physical infrastructure. The bill also includes hundreds of billions of dollars for other proposals, like giving access to care for elderly people and people with disabilities. Republicans say the plan is too broad, and they don't like the proposed corporate tax hikes. Meanwhile, a few Democrats are voicing concerns, too, and that could be a problem since there's a good chance this may need to pass along party lines. This means any Senate Democrat has the clout to force big changes.

Joining us now, NPR White House correspondent Scott Detrow. Hi, Scott.

SCOTT DETROW, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: So the White House needs to convince two constituencies - right? - Congress and the American public. How are they pitching it?

DETROW: Yeah, we're expecting to hear the president speak about this again today. There's been a really aggressive push already over the past week from the entire Cabinet. Vice President Harris has been on the road across the country. Cabinet secretaries have been doing a ton of interviews. They're all making the case the U.S. is just decades behind in spending on physical infrastructure, but also things like Internet access and broadband and energy spending, and this is an effort to catch up with what's been neglected.

MARTIN: So what sort of timeline are we looking at for…
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