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Politics McConnell says GOP will fight Biden's plan 'every step of the way'

00:55  02 april  2021
00:55  02 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke fondly of President Biden on a personal level Wednesday – even as he vowed to rally Republicans to fight his $2 trillion infrastructure plan 'every step of the way.'

He spoke to reporters in his home state of Kentucky two days after Biden phoned him to talk up the plan – which has been touted as a potential area for bipartisan cooperation.

Early words from top Republicans indicate that isn't likely to happen.

'I don't think the American people gave them a mandate to drive our country all the way to the political left,' McConnell told reporters. 'I'm going to fight them every step of the way,' he added.

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McConnell said the bill would not get a single Senate GOP vote, despite the White House's bipartisan outreach. "That package that they're putting together now, as much as we would like to address infrastructure, is not going to get support from our side. Because I think the last thing the economy needs right now is a big Biden ' s blend of tax changes and infrastructure spending, to be followed by a health care-focused component, is likely to meet the same fate. McConnell said the White House's new proposal and the GOP reaction to it "underscores the principle difference between the two parties."

The first reports that the Democrat president was planning to raise taxes in the US, specifically those affecting big corporations, emerged in the middle of March. The rise was supposed to help pay for a massive trillion infrastructure plan drafted by Biden .

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: 'I don't think the American people gave them a mandate to drive our country all the way to the political left,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell © Provided by Daily Mail 'I don't think the American people gave them a mandate to drive our country all the way to the political left,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

McConnell, who has served since 1985, served with Biden for decades in the chamber, and used to push through spending projects himself as a 'cardinal' on the Appropriations Committee.

'I like him personally, I mean, we've been friends for a long time. He's a first-rate person. Nevertheless, this is a bold, left-wing administration. I don't think they have a mandate to do what they're doing,' he said, the Hill reported.

In addition to vowing to fight the plan – with his stocked with projects for roads, bridges, housing, drinking water, and workforce training, funded by tax hikes – McConnell didn't appear to hold out much hope for a negotiated package.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Joe Biden ' s T infrastructure plan will generate "more borrowed money, and massive tax increases" on the US economy. AP; Getty Images. “Not to mention, plans that may be in the works in the future, including one the President is going to announce apparently today in Pittsburgh.” Biden is expected to lay out how other tax initiatives to offset the costs of the “Build Back Better” plan . Along with the increase in the corporate rate, which would repeal former President Donald Trump’s lowering the rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, Biden

The plan unveiled by Biden on Wednesday in Pittsburgh clocks in at trillion and includes money for roads, bridges as well as other spending on renewable energy job training, electric vehicles, and climate initiatives – much to the chagrin of Republicans. Despite McConnell ’ s messaging for blanket GOP opposition to the plan , Biden has indicated his desire to work across the aisle. "I’m going to bring Republicans into the Oval Office, listen to what they have to say and be open to their ideas," Biden said Wednesday.

'I would love to find some things that we can agree on,' he said, adding that there are 'big philosophical differences and that's going to make it more and more difficult for us to reach bipartisan agreements.'

McConnell blasted the plan Wednesday as a 'Trojan Horse' for tax hikes. But he also indicated there could be provisions in it that help his state, like funds for the Brett Spence Bridge across the Ohio River.

'Could there end up being something in there? It could be,' he said, WKRC reported.

McConnell fumed in a fiery speech that former President Trump 'provoked' the Capitol riot, but did not vote to impeach him, and the chamber has settled back mostly along familiar partisan divisions at the start of the session.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain on Thursday also indicated he would welcome Republican support – but indicated Biden would act with our without it.

'In the end, let me be clear the president was elected to do a job and part of that job is to get this country ready to win the future,' he told Politico. 'That is what he is going to do.'

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Biden said his plan that will be funded mainly by tax hikes deserved bipartisan support and began an all-out effort to sell it. ‘Our nation could use a serious, targeted infrastructure plan . There would be bipartisan support for a smart proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday attacked President Joe Biden ' s infrastructure plan as a 'Trojan Horse' for tax hikes. Biden plans to use tax increase proposals to pay for many of the programs – although he said Wednesday people earning less than 0,000 would be protected.

Biden's plan contains funds for much more than roads and bridges – and would spend billions to address 'persistent income inequalities' in struggling neighborhoods.

The plan is filled with language setting out a specific goal of steering jobs, grants, apprenticeships, and other benefits to minorities and women. And while Republicans have focused on its price tag and tax cuts to pay for it, they have begun to focus on its workforce development and other programs that they say pads brick and mortar proposals.

A plan for 15 decarbonized hydrogen demonstration projects – meant to reduce carbon output by industry – would target them for 'distressed communities,' relying on a production tax credit to encourage them.

Amid a history of not-in-my-backyard clashes, the plan includes steps for carbon capture facilities 'ensuring that overburdened communities are protected from increases in cumulative pollution.'

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A $48 billion program would go for 'American workforce development infrastructure and worker protection,' and is described as through successful pre-apprenticeship programs such as the Women in Apprenticeships in Non-Traditional Occupations.'

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'This will ensure these underserved groups have greater access to new infrastructure jobs,' according to the plan.

Included amid 'persistent economic inequalities' would be $12 billion for workforce development in 'underserved communities,' with as well as $5 billion over eight years for 'evidence-based community violence prevention programs.'

'President Biden also will call upon Congress to ensure that new jobs created in clean energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure are open and accessible to women and people of color. President Biden is calling on Congress to also specifically target funding to workers facing some of the greatest challenges,' the plan says.

All of it would move in the large $2.3 trillion package – with Senate Democratic leaders hinting they may seek to move it under new 'reconciliation' instructions to protect it from a likely GOP filibuster. The anticipated roadblocks for other legislation has induced Biden and his team to push a raft of proposals into the single plan.

Data have shown that minorities have been hard hit by the coronavirus and its economic effects. Minorities and women were also a key part of Biden's winning electoral coalition.

The plan was developed 'with equity in mind,' it says.

'Too often, past transportation investments divided communities – like the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans or I-81 in Syracuse – or it left out the people most in need of affordable transportation options,' it says. The Claiborne Expressway cuts through the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. A project touted by the Mayor of Syracuse proposes to remove 1.4 miles of elevated roadway that sliced through part of a mostly black neighborhood in the 1950s and 60s.

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'The President's plan includes $20 billion for a new program that will reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity, advance racial equity and environmental justice, and promote affordable access,' it says.

Funds to mitigate floods and disasters are also couched in language of safeguarding infrastructure and defending 'vulnerable communities.'

'People of color and low-income people are more likely to live in areas most vulnerable to flooding and other climate change-related weather events,' it states.

A section of the package on prevailing wages and union jobs notes states that: 'This is especially important for workers of color and for women, who have endured discrimination and systematic exclusion from economic opportunities for generations.'

'All of us deserve to enjoy America's promise in full — and our nation's leaders have a responsibility to overcome racial, gender, and other inequalities to make it happen. To that end, the President is calling on Congress to create new, good-quality union jobs for American workers by leveraging their grit and ingenuity to address the climate crisis and build a sustainable infrastructure,' it stsates.

Biden 'Biden is calling on Congress to update the social contract that provides workers with a fair shot to get ahead, overcome racial and other inequalities that have been barriers for too many Americans, expand the middle class, and strengthen communities,' according to the plan.

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The plan, which the White House released Wednesday as the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd was getting underway, includes a proposed $10 billion to enforce its workforce proposals, while calling for increased penalties for employers who break safety and health rules.

'President Biden is calling on Congress to provide the federal government with the tools it needs to ensure employers are providing workers with good jobs – including jobs with fair and equal pay, safe and healthy workplaces, and workplaces free from racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination and harassment,' it states.

Most Republican critics of the plan have focused on its tax hikes, while singling out its push for green infrastructure.

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy retweeted a column by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel saying roads and bridges accounted for 'a mere $115 billion of President Biden's infrastructure proposal. The rest includes climate subsidies and social welfare.'

Also blasting the plan was Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio – a center-right lawmaker from a rust belt state who is among lawmakers retiring in 2022.

'At its core, the president's plan calls for a $620 billion investment in transportation infrastructure. However, the total soars to $3 trillion with its inclusion of these broad policy priorities that are a far cry away from what we've ever defined as infrastructure,' said Portman.

'The Biden Administration's plan redefines infrastructure to include hundreds of billions of dollars of spending on priorities like health care, workforce development, and research and development.'

He called it the 'wrong approach.'

'The largest tax hike in American history in order to pay for the kind of Green New Deal spending outlined by President Biden today should be a nonstarter in Congress,' said Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the chair of the House Republican Conference.

To pay for the plan, Biden is calling for tax hikes like an increase in the corporate rate, although even after a period of 15 years they would not pay for all of the plan, leaving about $1 trillion not paid for.

Meanwhile, some progressive Democrats are already attacking the plan for not being big enough – and fretting that health care and other 'social infrastructure' components might die if they all get included in a second package that might be less politically popular.

'This is not nearly enough,' said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY.). 'The important context here is that it's $2.25T spread out over 10 years. For context, the COVID package was $1.9T for this year *alone,* with some provision lasting 2 years.'

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