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Energy Secretary: Biden to Push Through Infrastructure Plan if No Republican Support | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden can be prepared to push via his $2 trillion infrastructure plan with out the help of Republican lawmakers if he can not attain a bipartisan deal, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated on Sunday. 

Granholm stated Biden would favor that his plan have Republican backing however, if that doesn’t work, he would doubtless help utilizing a procedural technique referred to as reconciliation to enable Democrats to cross it within the Senate. 

“As he has said, he was sent to the presidency to do a job for America. And if the vast majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, across the country support spending on our country and not allowing us to lose the race globally, then he’s going to do that,” Granholm stated on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

Most Americans at present help the Democratic president’s plan, stated Granholm, one of a number of senior Biden administration officers who promoted the proposal on tv information reveals on Sunday. 

Since taking office in January, the Democratic president has repeatedly stated he needs to work with Republicans. 

But the infrastructure plan — his second main legislative initiative — up to now appears unlikely to draw extra bipartisan help than his first, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 reduction bundle that handed with solely Democratic help final month, utilizing reconciliation. 

Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell stated final week that Biden’s infrastructure plan was “bold and audacious” however would elevate taxes and improve debt. He vowed to combat it “every step of the way.” 

Republican Senator Roy Blunt on Sunday urged Biden to considerably cut back the plan if he needed Republican lawmakers’ help. 

“If we’d go back and look at roads and bridges and ports and airports, and maybe even underground water systems and broadband, you’d still be talking about less than 30% of this entire package,” Blunt stated on “Fox News Sunday.” 

Blunt stated he believed a smaller purpose, of round $615 billion, can be extra palatable to some of his Republican colleagues. 

Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi joined others in his celebration in attempting to cast Biden’s plan as a tax hike relatively than an effort to restore and rebuild the nation’s transportation, communications, water and electrical networks. 

“What the president proposed this week is not an infrastructure bill. It’s a huge tax increase,” Wicker advised NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

Biden’s plan would elevate the company revenue tax rate after deductions to 28% from the present 21%. His predecessor as president, Donald Trump, and Republican lawmakers minimize the company rate from 35% to 21% in 2017. 

Trump repeatedly promised to deal with the nation’s crumbling infrastructure throughout his presidency however by no means delivered on that. The Biden infrastructure plan’s investments are long-term and badly wanted to drive job progress, Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, stated on the Fox program. 

The initiatives will serve the nation properly into the 2030s and past, added Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

“Right now, we’re still coasting off of infrastructure choices that were made in the 1950s,” Buttigieg stated on NBC. 

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