Monday, May 31, 2021

GOP Sends Its Final Offer on Infrastructure Bill to Biden; Senate GOP Proposes $928 Billion Infrastructure Package, and related stories

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GOP Sends Its Final Offer on Infrastructure Bill to Biden:
Joe Biden’s self-proclaimed deadline to reach an agreement with Republicans on an infrastructure spending bill will expire on May 31, so the GOP gave the president one, final number: $928 billion over 10 years for roads, bridges, and other hard infrastructure projects.
Missing from the Republican proposal is money to deal with climate change. And there’s a paltry $4 billion for electric cars.
Where some would see that as a blessing, Biden will no doubt see it as a deal-breaker. The president wanted hundreds of billions of dollars for climate change and $174 billion for electric cars. Not that there was ever much chance of a deal being made. Biden’s “bipartisan” efforts have been all for show. To be fair, Republicans didn’t want to give Biden a chance to succeed either.
But the GOP counteroffer means that negotiations will probably continue into next week. --->READ MORE HERE
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Senate GOP proposes $928 billion infrastructure package as White House talks stall:
Republican lawmakers on Thursday said they aim to spend more than $920 billion on fixing the nation’s roads and bridges as they announced their counteroffer to President Biden’s infrastructure plan.
“We continue to negotiate in good faith,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the West Virginia Republican who has taken the lead in negotiations with the White House on the topic. “We’re trying to get to that common goal of reaching a bipartisan infrastructure agreement.”
Republicans are proposing that $506 billion of their nearly $1 trillion offer go to “roads, bridges” and other major transportation projects. Of that total, $4 billion is earmarked for electric vehicle infrastructure, a concession to Mr. Biden’s ambitions to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035.
The GOP plan also calls for spending $98 billion on public transit, $72 billion on shoring up the nation’s water infrastructure and $65 billion to expand broadband internet access. --->READ MORE HERE
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