It is often said that action speaks louder than words and it is exactly what the Republicans are pursuing. Senate Republicans have released a counter-proposal for $568 billion in capital spending. Although it allocates a significant sum to road and bridge repairs, it is just around a fifth of the scale of the Biden administration’s proposed infrastructure package. This is the Republicans’ way of showing how a smartly directed and well planned monetary package looks like.
Biden’s plan involves funding to invest in child and elderly care, as well as resources to support the manufacture and purchase of electric vehicles. The kit, which is around a quarter the size of Biden’s, calls for almost twice the amount of money to be spent on roads and bridges. $299 billion for roads and bridges, $65 billion for telecommunications networks, $61 billion for mass transit systems, $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater, $44 billion for airports, $20 billion for rail systems, $17 billion for ports and inland waterways, $14 billion for water storage, and $13 billion for defence.
Earlier, the US Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and other business lobbies say that they strongly oppose raising the corporate income tax rate to 28% from 21% to pay for the $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan that Biden is unveiling on Wednesday. They want to see a user-fee model for raising money for improvements. And this tax increase will be a break from the long pursued norm making the Republicans and many moderate Democrats uneasy to support it in the face of an already failing economy.
On the other hand, the Republican initiated plan is so targeted that it does not put a huge burden on the people and treasury. The GOP initiative also calls for the tax cuts enacted by former President Donald Trump to be preserved, as well as the repurposing of unspent federal funds earmarked for infrastructure spending as part of the Covid-19 relief packages.
This is way different from Biden’s Infrastructure bill which is, in reality, a cloaked version of the Green New Deal which the Socialist fringe elements of the Democrats have long been advocating. The Democrats have engaged in a variety of practices, all in the name of appeasing voters and virtue signalling. As if the Biden administration’s COVID-19 stimulus checks weren’t enough, the Democrats are gearing up for yet another massive budget bill, this time the Infrastructure bill, which is AOC’s Green New Deal in infrastructure garb. The Biden administration is about to raise taxes dramatically in order to fund this $2 trillion green infrastructure bill.
This bill by the Republicans shows how overspending the Democrat-sponsored Infrastructure bill was. Earlier this month, an NPR/PBS/Marist poll found that 56 per cent of U.S. adults support Biden’s infrastructure plan while just 34 per cent said they oppose it. And now the timing of this bill hits the nail at the exact moment, providing the American electorate with a counter proposition and that too before the 2022 midterms.