GOP’S FAILURE TO PRODUCE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE COUNTER-PROPOSAL PROOF THEY AREN’T SERIOUS, JUSTIFIES WHITE HOUSE MOVING TO RECONCILIATION
Reuters: Senate Republicans do not offer Biden officials new infrastructure plan
“The White House had set a Tuesday deadline for Republicans to offer a new infrastructure plan.”
“U.S. Republican lawmakers met on Tuesday with top officials from President Joe Biden’s administration…they did not unveil a new plan of their own.”
Capito Just Offered the Same Unpopular Proposal From Two Weeks Ago
51% of Voters Prefer The American Jobs And Families Plans To Republicans’ $568 Billion Counter-Proposal By A +19 Point Margin
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Senate Republicans failed to meet a deadline set by President Biden to expand on their counter-proposal on infrastructure. Instead of working to find a bipartisan deal for the American people, Republicans “reacted to categories of infrastructure” and presented the same inadequate proposal they introduced two weeks ago that guts funding for schools, elder care, American manufacturing, clean energy, and public transit and includes poison pills that shift the tax burden off corporations and onto the middle-class through unpopular user-fees.
New polling from Invest In America shows that a majority of Republicans (52%) and Independents (64%) prefer funding infrastructure investments through corporate taxes over user-Fees and raiding pandemic relief funds.
Senior advisor for Invest in America Action Zac Petkanas made the following statement:
“In the spirit of bipartisanship, President Biden asked Senate Republicans to present a new, good faith counter-proposal at a Tuesday meeting with some of his top officials.
“An earnest negotiating partner would have jumped at the opportunity to rework her plan to move negotiations forward. But Senator Capito showed up to the meeting with the exact same tired proposal from two weeks ago that guts crucial job-creating investments in US manufacturing, school construction, clean energy and care while shifting the tax burden from corporations to the middle class.
“The plan was laughable then and it’s laughable now. And it shows once again that Senate Republicans aren’t acting in good faith.
“Their failure to make any progress fixing the serious flaws in their original proposal is more evidence that Senate Republicans aren’t willing to make an infrastructure deal that meets the urgency of the moment.
“The White House should take this as a sign and seriously consider just moving to reconciliation now.”
To date, the only infrastructure proposal the GOP has offered strips the funding in President Biden’s plan for job-creating investments in schools, caregiving, manufacturing, and clean energy, potentially preventing the creation of at least 1 million jobs and hurting American competitiveness.