The leader of the Republican minority in the United States Senate Mitch McConnell on Thursday, April 1, promised to "
fight at every step
" the gigantic infrastructure investment plan presented by Joe Biden, which has only a very narrow majority in Congress for get their projects adopted.
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The Democratic president wants to invest some $ 2 trillion over eight years in infrastructure, fighting climate change while creating "
millions of jobs
He intends to finance his plan by increasing corporate tax from 21% to 28%.
The White House says it wants to rally the support of Democrats but also Republicans in Congress for these popular measures, she says, with voters of all stripes.
A prospect unlikely to believe the influential leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who denounces a "
" hiding tax increases.
I think that the plan that they are implementing, although we would like to take care of the infrastructure, is not going to receive support from our side because I feel (...) that the last thing that is our economy needs at the moment it is a gigantic increase in taxes weighing on all the productive sectors of our economy
”, declared the senator Thursday.
I will fight it every step of the way, because I believe it is the wrong recipe for America,
”he added at a press conference in his state of Kentucky.
2000 billion dollars
The Biden plan provides "
more money for electric cars than for roads and bridges,
" said Mitch McConnell.
Democrats control Congress but their majorities are fragile, especially in the Senate where they hold 50 seats against 50 Republican senators.
In the event of a tie, Vice-President Kamala Harris can decide a vote by stating her voice.
Democrats must normally have at least 60 votes to be able to submit their texts to a final vote.
But on some projects related to the budget, they can vote by simple majority.
This is what they did to approve the plan to support the nearly $ 2 trillion economy in March.
And what they could do again for major infrastructure projects.
In this event, all Democrats should vote as a bloc.
However, some moderates could express reservations.
In the House of Representatives, the Democratic majority is a little more comfortable and while it cannot afford more than a handful of defections, its president, Nancy Pelosi, is hoping to be able to adopt the Biden plan in early July.