A $2.3 trillion “infrastructure” proposal by President Biden is facing pushback from Republicans in Congress. The plan would redo 20,000 miles of roadways in the U.S., upgrade the power grid, and invest in charging stations for electric cars – as well as “take on racial inequities,” expand broadband, and “address climate change.” The proposal would be paid for through tax hikes, raising corporate taxes in the U.S. from 21% to 28%.
The Right resists the proposal. Former President Donald Trump stated, “It is the exact OPPOSITE of putting America First—it is putting America LAST,” arguing that the higher taxes would push business and jobs overseas. “The president is proposing a behemoth tax and spending plan that centralizes more power in D.C,” criticized Matthew Dickerson, a director with conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman stated that he too is in favor or “improving America’s aging roads, bridges, ports, and other infrastructure,” but argued that Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar plan includes far more than simply infrastructure as Democrats claim. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed concern for the nation’s debt level and criticized the plan’s “far-left priorities,” stating, “I hope we’re not beginning to engage in a habit of any time we want to do something, call it a national emergency and run up the national debt.”
“President Biden’s so-called ‘jobs’ proposal is a clear attempt to transform the economy by advancing progressive priorities in an unprecedented way. The proposal would aggressively drive down the use of traditional energy resources and eliminate good-paying jobs in West Virginia and across the country. Perhaps worst of all, it would burden the American economy with tax increases as our country attempts to recover from economic hardship.”Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Many on the left support the plan. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “I look forward to working with President Biden to pass a big, bold plan that will drive America forward for decades to come.” A parter with consulting firm CitiFi, Gabe Klein, agreed, “If we’re going to save ourselves in this climate crisis, this is the level of investment we need.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “a visionary, once-in-a-century investment in the American people and in America’s future.” However, some progressives argue that it doesn’t do enough to combat climate change. “It makes little sense to narrow his previous ambition on infrastructure or compromise with the physical realities of climate change,” stated Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).
“This is not nearly enough. 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 provisions lasting 2 years. Needs to be way bigger.”Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)