- A group of 10 Democrats and Republicans senators proposed an infrastructure plan that would cost about $1 trillion.
- The White House is evaluating the framework and has questions both about what is in the proposal and how lawmakers want to pay for the proposal.
- As senators try to gain support for the plan, Democrats are taking preliminary steps to pass infrastructure bills themselves.
(L-R) US Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D -AZ) Take a break from the infrastructure meeting to vote at the US Capitol June 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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The infrastructure plan created by a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans would cost about $1 trillion. It’s a price tag that gives the senator the work to do to win over members of both sides.
The proposal, which aims to upgrade physical infrastructure such as transportation and water systems, will be worth $974 billion over five years, or $1.2 trillion over eight years. A source familiar with the plan told CNBC it would include $579 billion in new spending above the baseline set by Congress. Biden is asking for about $600 billion in new money, according to Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
The senators have not yet announced how they plan to pay for the investment. The proposal “will be paid in full and does not include tax increases,” the 10 lawmakers who reached the agreement said in a statement on Thursday.
The group framed their proposal as a compromise on upgrading US infrastructure. With the support of both parties in Congress Senators still need support from President Joe Biden and congressional leaders for plans to gain traction.
In a statement in response to the plan Thursday night, White House spokesman Andrew Bates said: “Questions need to be resolved. especially regarding the details of the policy and payment. in other matters.”
“Senior White House and Cabinet officials will work with Senate groups in the coming days to find answers to those questions. while we also consult with other members in both the House and the Senate about the path ahead,” he said.
The White House has told senators it will not agree to pay the bill by indexing fuel taxes to inflation or using electric car mileage taxes, NBC News reported Thursday. The measure would violate Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.
It’s unclear whether the spending will be broad enough to defeat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., or the progressives who have grown impatient with Biden’s efforts in reaching a two party agreement While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he wanted to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill. He has also signaled that he aims to block Biden’s economic agenda.
Schumer and Pelosi’s offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A McConnell spokesman did not immediately comment.
Democrats are working on more than one side to pass the infrastructure bill and implement Biden’s first economic recovery agenda. As the White House is considering the proposal, Democrats have begun laying the groundwork to pass on a piece of the president’s $2.3 trillion American plan by other means.
One tool is a $547 billion land transport funding bill introduced by the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week. Democrats can take this measure. The council can vote immediately at the end of the month. to approve some of Biden’s agenda
Biden also urged Schumer and Pelosi to go ahead with budget amendments to establish a reconciliation process. By doing so, Democrats were able to pass the infrastructure bill without Republican support.
Paths are now blocked. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, who voted for the party to approve legislation in the Senate that divides partisans 50-50, stressed he wanted to pass the party’s bill.
Manchin was one of 10 negotiators in the Senate group.
It is unclear whether Democratic leaders will accept a bipartisan plan that lacks spending on human infrastructure, such as Biden’s plan to expand care for the elderly and disabled for Americans. The party may forge those proposals into separate bills based on Biden’s American Families Plan, focusing on child care, education and health care.
Democrats have argued that the country needs to improve its care programs alongside physical infrastructure because both will help Americans get back to work.
Biden also called for an increase in the corporate tax rate to at least 25% to pay for his first portion of the recovery plan. However, Republicans said they would not change the 2017 tax law, which reduced the corporate rate to 21. % of 35%
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