Thursday, April 2, 2020

President Trump Calls for 'big and bold' $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill for Fourth Coronavirus Aid Plan

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Four days after he signed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package, President Trump called on Congress on Tuesday to approve another $2 trillion “phase four” plan, this time to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4”.
The president’s tweet appeared to put him at odds with top congressional Republicans such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who have been cautioning to wait and see how the biggest rescue package in history helps workers and businesses recover before addressing more legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, also was resisting Tuesday the idea of a fourth relief package so quickly on the heels of the third.
“I think we need to wait a few days here, a few weeks, and see how things are working out,” Mr. McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “Let’s see how things are going and respond accordingly. I’m not going to allow this to be an opportunity for the Democrats to achieve unrelated policy items that they would not otherwise be able to pass.”
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