US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he will “fight at all times” against the $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by Democratic President Joe Biden.
The president, whose party has a narrow majority in the chamber, proposed an eight-year investment plan in infrastructure projects in the United States, which would include efforts against climate change while creating “millions of jobs.”
The plan foresees financing the expense with an increase in the business tax to 28%, from the current 21%.
The White House said it seeks to garner support for the plan from both Democratic and Republican congressmen on some measures, which are popular with voters of both parties.
But Republican McConnell is against the tax increase, which he has called a “Trojan horse.”
“I think that the package that they are working on now, as much as we would like to attend to the infrastructure, will not receive the support from us,” said McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican.
“The last thing the economy needs right now is an increase in taxes on all productive sectors.”
Referring to the Democrats, McConnell said during a press conference in his home state of Kentucky: “I am going to fight them at all times, because I think this is the wrong recipe for America.”
Biden’s plan has “more money for electric cars than for roads and bridges,” he added.
Democrats control both houses of Congress but their majorities are fragile, especially in the Senate, where there are 50 lawmakers from each party. Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tiebreaker votes.
Generally, 60 votes are needed to convert any legislation into final law.
But sometimes a simple majority can pass certain budget-related initiatives, which is how Congress passed the nearly $ 2 trillion pandemic relief bill in March, with the sole support of Democrats.
In the House of Representatives, the Democratic majority is looser, and if there are no major objections, President Nancy Pelosi hopes to approve Biden’s plan in early July.
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