On Sunday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Biden would be prepared to pass his $2 trillion infrastructure package if Republican lawmakers failed to give support.
Granholm spoke on CNN’s State of The Union program saying, “As he has said, he was sent to the presidency to do a job for America. And if the vast majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, across the country support spending on our country and not allowing us to lose the race globally, then he’s going to do that.”
The method of passing without congressional approval, and to avert a potential filibuster, is the same on Democrats used to pass the most recent COVID relief bill. It would bypass the 60 vote requirement and block GOP attempts to block the spending plan.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mentioned Republicans would be unlikely to support Biden’s spending plan, citing “massive” tax increases and the impact it would have on the nation’s debt.
McConnel took to Twitter to criticize the Democrat-backed plan calling it a “trojan horse” for other Democrat-backed plans. “The administration’s non-infrastructure ‘infrastructure bill’ looks like another Trojan horse for far-left demands. Rolling back Right to Work laws. Imposing the biggest new tax hikes in a generation—killing jobs and slowing wage growth when workers need a fast recovery.”
The Administration’s non-infrastructure “infrastructure bill” looks like another Trojan horse for far-left demands. Rolling back Right to Work laws. Imposing the biggest new tax hikes in a generation — killing jobs and slowing wage growth when workers need a fast recovery.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 31, 2021
Of the major concerns related to the spending plan is the opportunity for Democrats to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. McConnel said he believes the spending plan is a disguise meant to ultimately raise taxes, which could have negative ramifications for the nation’s economic strength.
McConnel said, “My advice to the administration: If you want to do an infrastructure bill, let’s do an infrastructure bill. Before the pandemic, we had the best economy in 50 years. We should not raise taxes under the guise of an infrastructure bill and send our economy in the wrong direction.”