No Senate Republicans are willing to support two recent infrastructure-related measures proposed by President Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on May 3, setting up the potential for drawn-out negotiations or the use of reconciliation.
Biden has proposed a $2.2 trillion jobs package and a $1.8 trillion package for families, both of which include money for roads, bridges, and broadband, as well as manufacturing, public schools, in-home care, and other provisions. The president also is seeking to boost taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and increase capital gains taxes.
“I think it’s worth talking about but I don’t think there will be any Republican support—none, zero—for the $4.1 trillion grab bag which has infrastructure in it but a whole lot of other stuff,” McConnell said during a Kentucky news conference.
Several Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), have offered a counter-proposal worth around $600 billion.
“We’re open to doing a roughly $600 billion package which deals with what all of us agree is infrastructure,” McConnell said. “If it’s going to be about infrastructure, let’s make it about infrastructure.”