Republicans opened the door this Sunday to support a scaled-down version of Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan, which in case of focusing on physical works could report an “easy bipartisan victory” for the president of the United States.
Biden’s US Jobs Plan – the second titanic spending initiative in his ten weeks in office, after the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package – It aims to modernize the country’s public works and make its energy system greener.
But the proposal announced this week faces major obstacles in Congress amid criticism from the Republican Party and business lobbies that They oppose the rise in corporate taxes with which the plan is intended to finance.
Roy Blunt, the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, called on Democrats to focus on the traditional pillars of infrastructure, “roads, bridges, ports and airports.”– and not Biden’s more expansive spending projects to create jobs, fight climate change, and tackle an ever-stronger China.
Blunt spoke out as senior administration officials appeared on Sunday shows to sell his project to Americans as a key element in achieving sustained job growth.
“I spoke with the White House a couple of times and I said: ‘You have an easy bipartisan victory here if you keep this package practically focused on infrastructure,” said the Republican official on the network’s program. ABC “This Week”.
That would not prevent the government from later pushing other aspects of its plan with a partisan vision, he added.
The Republican senator complained that the plan contains more for electric vehicle charging stations than for physical improvements. “When people think of infrastructure, they think of roads, bridges, ports and airports”, he claimed.
Blunt, a seasoned member of the Senate leadership team, nevertheless displayed a more conciliatory tone than that of the Republican leader in the Upper House, Mitch McConnell, who days before had promised to fight Biden’s plan “at every step.”
The Democratic administration frequently highlights polls that show that his plan is popular with ordinary Americans of all ideologies.
Consulted by ABC on whether it is still realistic to expect Republican support for the plan, the Secretary of Transportation, Pete ButtigiegHe replied: “I think it may be.”
“This is a once in a lifetime moment,” he added, again citing the estimate that the project could create 19 million jobs.
“I don’t think in the next 50 years we’re going to see another time where we have this combination of proven need, bipartisan interest, widespread impatience, and a president who is committed to it,” Buttigieg said.
Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council of the White House, pointed out on his side the long-term benefits of the plan, taking into account that the United States is still 8.4 million jobs below its pre-pandemic levels.
“We believe that we can have not only a strong job rebound this year,” he valued on “Fox News Sunday,” “but we can sustain it for several years. That is the objective ”.
With information from AFP