Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday Republicans are open to supporting a $600 billion infrastructure bill — well short of President Biden’s vision.
Mr. McConnell said GOP lawmakers oppose the administration’s push to roll back parts of the 2017 Trump tax cuts to pay for roads and bridges.
“We are not going to revisit the 2017 tax bills,” Mr. McConnell said in Louisville. “We are happy to look for traditional infrastructure pay-fors, which means the users participate.”
Mr. Biden is pushing a $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan, as well as a $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.
He already passed a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
Mr. McConnell said it has been hard for Republicans to work with Democrats because they “can’t resist stretching out the pandemic, using it as a rationale for additional spending beyond what is best for our country.”
“I think it is time to take a look at our national debt, which is now as large as our economy for the first time since World War II,” Mr. McConnell said. “That appears not to be enough and the president laid out last week another $4 trillion package loaded with tax increases that will slow the economy and more massive dent all in the name of infrastructure, but, of course, infrastructure is only a part of what they have in mind.”
Mr. McConnell praised Sen. Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia for the lead role she played in offering a GOP counteroffer last month that has a price tag in the neighborhood of $600 billion.
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