‘Biden will push through infrastructure plan if no Republican support’

Biden will push through infrastructure plan if no Republican support
Construction workers are pictured on the northeast cables of the George Washington Bridge, which is undergoing a multi-year reconstruction in New York City, New York, US, March 30, 2021. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Sunday that President Joe Biden would be willing to push through his $2 trillion infrastructure plan without Republican lawmakers’ support if he cannot reach a bipartisan deal.

Granholm said president Biden would prefer that his infrastructure plan, his second major legislative initiative, have Republican backing but, if that doesn’t work, he would likely support using a procedural strategy called reconciliation to allow Democrats to pass it in the Senate.

Granholm said in an interview with CNN: “As he (Biden) 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.”

Most Americans currently support Joe Biden’s plan, said Granholm, who was one of several senior Biden administration officials who promoted the proposal on television news shows on Sunday.

Since taking office in January, Mr Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly said he wants to work with Republicans.

But the infrastructure plan so far looks unlikely to draw more bipartisan support than his first, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that passed with only Democratic support last month, using reconciliation.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican leader, said last week that Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan was “bold and audacious” but would raise taxes and increase debt. Mr McConnell vowed to fight it “every step of the way.”

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