WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans in Congress are making a politically brazen bet that it is more profitable to oppose President Joe Biden’s ambitious program to rebuild America than to support the costly $ 2.3 trillion entrepreneurship for roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments.
In the same way that Republicans did not vote on the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, they plan to stand aside for the next big lift from the White House, forcing Democrats to take full ownership of the huge spending package and increase the corporate tax that Biden wants to be approved in the summer. Tensions may rise this week as Biden shows no signs of adapting to please Republican leaders instead of turning directly to his constituents for support.
“I think Republican voters will have a lot to say if we do a lot of that,”
This leaves Biden and Republicans in Congress on a path of confrontation, the outcome of which could determine the parties and his presidency. The Republican strategy is reminiscent of the Obama-era blockade that helped Democratic President voters more than a decade ago. Then and now, Republicans intend to hold Democrats accountable for all taxes and spending that will come, just as they saved in 2009 after the economic crisis, shaping it as a debt-ridden government surplus.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell set the defining tone for his party when he emphatically said last week that he would fight Biden’s program “at every turn.”
But it is far from certain that the GOP game book, which was in operation more than a decade ago, will lead to the same political gains this time around. Voters appear tired of the guerrilla stagnation in Washington, living in desolate places in the country and signaling that they initially support Biden’s approach to governance, at least with regard to the virus aid package.
A recent survey by the public research center The Associated Press-NORC found that Americans responded positively to the president’s approach, with 73% approving of his approach to the pandemic. That includes about half of Republicans.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., A member of the CSO Senate leadership, said Sunday that a smaller package of about $ 615 billion, or 30 percent of Biden’s proposal, could find bipartisan support from Republicans if White home find a way to pay for it without raising corporate tax. He pointed out the potential user fees for drivers and others.
“There’s an easy win here,” Blunt told Fox News Sunday.
Instead of being ashamed of a new era of big government, Democratic leaders in Congress embrace it, believing they can circumvent the GOP blockade on Capitol Hill and make it happen directly to Americans eager to invest in homes, communities, and livelihoods, especially as China and other rival countries are making progress.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared Biden’s plan to the distant goals of the presidents before him, from Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to build the Erie Canal to Teddy Roosevelt’s projects on a system of national parks.
“Now, in this century, President Biden is doing something in the tradition of thinking big,” Pelosi told a news conference.
Progressives want Biden to grow even bigger. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Said Sunday that he expects more funds to combat climate change and insists on including his own proposal to expand Medicare with dental, visual and hearing aids for the elderly.
“Now is the time to start working on our physical infrastructure and our human infrastructure,” Sanders told CNN.
As Congress hunters begin drafting legislation for Biden’s proposal, both sides will be put to the test.
In the House, lawmakers will be invited to apply for projects in their home neighborhoods – roads and other infrastructure that could be a “brand” eligible for federal funds. This is a way to attract bilateral participation and ensure that funds are spent for agreed needs.
Republicans will be forced to either participate or give up, often under pressure from elected officials and other voters who want funds to upgrade sewers, airports and countless other infrastructure systems.
Filled in Kentucky with questions about money that could potentially flow for road, bridge and residential projects after the president unveiled his plan, McConnell killed them one by one.
“Biden’s package will not receive our support,” McConnell said.
Asked about McConnell’s comment, Biden smiled on Friday as he spoke to White House reporters and asked if Republicans say the country doesn’t need infrastructure – or if Republicans “decide we need it, but you won’t pay for it.” ? “
Biden also insisted that Republicans oppose cleaning lead pipes in homes, schools and day care centers.
“What do you think would happen if they found out that all the lead pipes were in the Capitol?” Biden asked.
At the same time, Democrats and Republicans will face the politically difficult vote to raise corporate taxes to pay all the costs by repelling the business community, which is largely against Biden’s plan to steadily raise the rate corporations pay from 21 % to 28%.
Both parties see it as an almost existential battle for competing political views: Democrats who believe in the power of government to take the lead in solving national problems; Republicans who believe in the private sector to make decisions.
There is also a battle on Capitol Hill over which party will control Congress.
After Barack Obama was elected in 2008, McConnell famously stated that his goal was to make him president for a term. This time, the Republican leader seems to have a shorter-term goal – he wants to win the evenly divided 50-50 Senate again.
“They’re so close to the majority in 2022 that they can taste it,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist.
Democrats have Senate control because their party’s vice president, Kamala Harris, can vote. In Parliament, the Democratic majority is retained with only a handful of seats.
“They really don’t want to give Biden victories,” Conant said.
Democrats, unsure of their political prospects, do not take the risk of passing legislation as if they were on loan.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has launched a potential process that will allow Biden’s package to move forward without the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Instead, it may be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes.
Pelosi set a goal for Parliament’s vote on July 4th, but acknowledged that the ambitious schedule could be missed.
“The sooner we can complete the legislation, the sooner we will allocate resources,” she said.
The goal, she said, was “to get the job done as soon as possible.”