Sen. Roy Blunt urges Biden to cut infrastructure cost

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Sen. Roy Blunt urges Biden to cut infrastructure cost

In a joint hearing on Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Roy Blunt asked questions about the January 6th attack on the US Capitol on March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC.

On Sunday, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri urged the Biden administration to reduce its$ 2 billion infrastructure plan to roughly$ 615 billion and focus on rebuilding physical infrastructure like roads and bridges.

Blunt, the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate argued in an interview with Fox News Sunday that only 30% of the president's proposal focuses on traditional infrastructure and said reducing the price would allow the White House to pass the bill through both chambers of Congress.

I think there's an easy win here if they would stretch that win- which is make this an infrastructure package- which is about 30%- even if you stretch the definition of infrastructure some- it's about 30% of the$ 2.25 trillion we are talking about spending, Blunt said.

If we 'd go back and look at roads and bridges and ports and airports, and maybe even underground water systems and broadband, you 'd still be talking about less than 30% of this entire package, he added.

I think 40% is about$ 615 or so billion dollars, Blunt said. I think you can do this and with some innovative things like looking at how we 're going to deal with the electric vehicles used by the highway system, what we can do with public private partnerships.

The top Republican's remarks follow Biden's introduction of the infrastructure package last week, which focuses on upgrading roads, bridges and airports, expanding broadband access and combating climate change through boosting electric vehicle use and upgrading the nation's electric grid. The proposal also includes increasing the corporate tax rate to 28% to offset spending.

Biden has said that he wants bipartisan support for the plan, but the chances are slim. Republicans have oppose tax hikes, arguing that they could inhibit economic recovery. Republicans have also criticized the package for including initiatives that extend beyond traditional infrastructure issues.

Derrick McConnell, a Senate Minority Leader, said last week that the$ 2 trillion package would not get Democratic support and vowed to oppose the broader agenda of the Republicans.

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