MCCONNELL CONTINUES PUSHING INFRASTRUCTURE POISON PILLS, PROVES IT’S TIME FOR RECONCILIATION

McConnell, yesterday on Kentucky’s PBS station: “The way to pay for infrastructure is through the gas tax that already exists. Whatever gap between that and what we’re willing to spend needs to be credibly paid for. The best way to pay for infrastructure is with the people who use it. Not revisiting the tax bill in a way that creates additional problems for the economy.”

Less than a week after announcing that “100% of [his] focus is on stopping this new administration,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doubling down on his efforts to kill President Biden’s job-creating infrastructure package with poison pills that would shift the burden from corporations to the middle class through user-fees like tolls and a gas tax.

Invest in America Action’s Senior Advisor Zac Petkanas issued the following statement: 

“President Biden has made clear that he is eager to work with Republicans to invest In America’s infrastructure and create millions of high paying jobs. However, Republicans have made equally clear they have no interest in finding bipartisan common ground.

“The latest attempt by McConnell to attach poison pills shifting the tax burden from corporations to the middle class is yet more evidence they have no interest in getting legislation done.

“It should be seen for what it is: an attempt to sabotage any possible deal. This should come as no surprise from a man who’s already told us that 100% of his efforts are focused on blocking the Biden administration.

“The intransigence and lack of seriousness from Republican lawmakers make it clear that no reasonable deal is possible and that the Administration should just move on to reconciliation.”

Senate Republicans’ efforts are largely unpopular with votersAn Invest in America/Data For Progress poll finds:
  • 69% of voters support the American Job Plan when it is paid for by a mix of adding to the national debt and raising taxes on large corporations by a +45 point margin — including 45% of Republicans and 70% of Independents.
  • 69% of voters support the American Jobs Plan when it is paid for by raising corporate taxes by a +43 point margin — including 42% of Republicans and 67% of Independents.
  • 59% of voters, including 66% of Independents and 68% of Republicans, oppose gas taxes to fund infrastructure investments.
  • 56% of voters, including 60% of Independents and 61% of Republicans, oppose user-fees such as tolls and miles-per-traveled taxes on cars to fund infrastructure investments.

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