Republicans could produce their own counter-proposal to Biden's infrastructure plan

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WASHINGTON, April 20- U.S. Senate Republicans could introduce their own conceptual counter-proposal to President Joe Biden's$ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan by the end of the week, said a lawmaker who is helping to lead the effort on Tuesday.

After discussing infrastructure with the White House, Vice President Shelley Moore Capito told reporters that the Republican plan would include projects and means to pay for them and offer a contrast to a sweeping Biden proposal that Republicans oppose because of its size and proposed corporate tax hike.

We have to settle on a conceptual sort of idea, and hopefully we 'll do that in the next few days, said the West Virginia Republican. Hopefully by the end of this week.

Her White House Chief of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Capito, offered no details about her campaigning.

Biden has proposed an infrastructure plan which includes projects on roads, bridges and ports as well as addressing broadband access, climate change and human services including elder care. He would pay for the plan by raising the corporate income tax rate from 21% to 28%.

The president and his staff have held multiple discussions with bipartisan groups of lawmakers, including Capito, in the hope of winning Congressional support.

On Monday, the Republican leaders asked them to produce a counter-proposal by mid-May. Republicans favor a smaller, narrower bill that includes traditional infrastructure projects plus broadband and would pay for the measure with user fees and possibly tax incentives.

Last week, Capito said that there could be Republican support for a bipartisan bill ranging from$ 600 billion to$ 800 billion.

The fact that he is looking for something by mid-May is a good signal that he's ready to engage, Capito said. In order to move legislation through the Senate and the House of Representatives, where Democrats have slim majority, Biden could need Republican support.

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