New Poll Could be Big Warning Sign to President Biden and Democrats on Infrastructure Plan
Washington D.C. – As U.S. lawmakers are locked in a fierce battle on Capitol Hill over competing proposals on infrastructure spending, a new poll could be a warning sign for President Biden and Democrats.
In March, President Biden unveiled his proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, called the “American Jobs Plan.”
The eight-year spending plan is funded with business tax hikes over 15 years and calls for approximately $620 billion for projects Americans have traditionally considered infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rail, inland waterways, ports, airports, and wastewater facilities.
However, Mr. Biden’s plan also includes hundreds of billions of dollars for a Democrat wish list of green energy and social programs, drawing heavy criticism from Republicans.
Late last month, the Republicans countered with a $568 billion infrastructure proposal of their own primarily focused traditional projects.
Let’s be clear, @potus’ proposal goes beyond what constitutes infrastructure.
Today, we set a clear path forward on core principles that DEFINE infrastructure & address our country’s needs.
This framework continues our conversations w/Democrat colleagues & the administration. pic.twitter.com/iuRbZsv4kw
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) April 22, 2021
Instead of hiking the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, as the Democrats want to do, Republicans are proposing to pay for the new spending with funding offsets to cover the cost of the programs with an emphasis on repurposing existing funds that Congress has already approved.
Where do voters stand?
According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters, 53% say they favor Biden’s plan that includes money for highways, bridges, trains, electric vehicles and other green energy projects.
However, an overwhelming majority (65%) say it is “better for the country if President Biden and Democrats compromise with Republicans on infrastructure spending.”
Only 25% of voters favor Biden and Democrats attempting to pass their own infrastructure plan on a party-line vote, but that appears to be the plan.
The Political Battle Ahead
In an appearance on CNN shortly before the President introduced his plan, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed “we’re not going to let [Republicans] stand in the way of bold legislation.”
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Republicans are open to as much as a $600 billion compromise on infrastructure, but not a single GOP member would support the more than a trillion dollars in new spending on non-traditional projects.
“If it’s going to be about infrastructure, let’s make it about infrastructure,” Sen. McConnell stated.
Still, Democrats are hoping to win Republican support on a $800 plan specifically dedicated to traditional infrastructure projects and then go it alone using reconciliation, a budgeting procedural tool which only requires a simple 51 vote majority, to pass the rest of Biden’s spending and tax plan.
“If we have to use reconciliation, we will in certain parts of the bill,” Sen. Schumer recently confirmed to CNN.
“We are trying to get $2 trillion worth of infrastructure and jobs investments,” Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) also told CNN last month. “Why wouldn’t you do $800 billion of it in a bipartisan way? And then do the other $1.2 trillion, Dems-only, through reconciliation?”
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow new developments.