(ReliableNews.org) – Joe Biden campaigned extensively on a promise to unite the country. Taking a page out of Barack Obama’s playbook, he repeatedly insisted he didn’t see “red states and blue states,” he saw “America, the United States.” However, Biden forced his COVID-19 relief package through the Senate without a single Republican vote. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reality-checked Biden about his proposed infrastructure bills on May 3.
McConnell said he didn’t expect any Republican support for Biden’s “$4.1 trillion grab bag,” disguised as an infrastructure bill, “none, zero.”
— The Hill (@thehill) May 3, 2021
Biden’s package includes money for traditional infrastructure projects seeking to improve broadband internet, roadways, and bridges. However, it’s also stuffed with funds for unrelated issues like clean energy, public schools, and in-home care.
Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has reportedly discussed sticking a $40 billion plan into the package to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
On the other hand, a group of Republicans has proposed an infrastructure package limited to actual infrastructure funding that weighs in at less than $600 billion. McConnell says Republicans are willing to go a bit higher, but any package needs to be limited to actual infrastructure funding.
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