(FiveNation.com)- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might not be the Republicans’ flavor of the month right now, after refusing to cooperate with former President Donald Trump during his efforts to secure election integrity, but that doesn’t mean he’s backing down on his other key principles as a Republican leader.
McConnell said on Thursday that he would not support the upcoming Biden administration infrastructure plan which is expected to cost more than $2 trillion and take more than 15 years to pay back – assuming all of Biden’s expectations pan out.
During an event in Kentucky on Thursday, McConnell slammed the Biden administration for pushing ahead with such an expensive plan, and expressed his concern about increasing the national debt and hiking taxes to pay for the plan.
“My advice to the Administration: If you want to do an infrastructure bill, let’s do an infrastructure bill,” he 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. pic.twitter.com/QFcHmP7GQI
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 31, 2021
It means that McConnell is open to an infrastructure bill, but a bipartisan measure that could achieve support among Republicans. And, without removing the filibuster, President Joe Biden is likely to need Republican support to get it passed in Congress.
Democrats, however, remain intent on winning over Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin who have both vowed to reject proposals to remove the filibuster and allow Democrats to pass legislation with a simple majority.
It would be a risky move and could potentially hurt the Democrats if passed, as it would allow Republicans to pass whatever they like as soon as they take the Senate back – potentially as soon as 2022.
Democrats may also pass the infrastructure bill through reconciliation, a system that allows for legislation to pass with a simple majority. It’s the system they used to pass the recent disastrous $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, so it wouldn’t exactly be a push for them to do it again.
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