Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday she won’t support an infrastructure bill that raises the corporate tax rate to 28%.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Collins argued raising the rate to its pre-Trump administration level would be make it the “highest among developed countries in the world once again.”
“Unfortunately, that is what 28% would be, and that means that jobs would once again go overseas,” she said.
“I think we need to look at a wide variety of pay-fors, but first we need to determine the scope of the bill and we need to determine what the top line is going to be," she continued. “There are a host of different ways to pay for it. But that is premature to get to until we decide the amount and what exactly is it going to cover.”
According to Collins, the legislation will be “a test on whether President [Joe] Biden is truly interested in bipartisanship. If he is, we could get there on the core infrastructure package. And by that I mean roads, bridges, highways, rails, waterways, and of course, broadband.”
Collins also said she was “appalled” at the booing and catcalls hurled at Sen, Mitt Romney, R-Utah, at the state’s GOP conference
“Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who served his state and our country well,” she said. “We Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles such as a belief in personal responsibility, individual freedom, opportunity, free markets, a strong national defense. Those are the principles that unite us.
“We are not a party… that is led by just one person,” she added, arguing Republicans “should remember Ronald Reagan's admonition to Republicans that the person who agrees with you 70% or 80% of the time is your friend, not your enemy.”
She also defended Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who has come under GOP fire for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Jan, 6 attack on the Capitol.
“Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience,” she said. “And she did what she felt was right, and I salute her for that. We need to be accepting of difference in our party. We don't want to become like too much of the Democratic Party, which has been taken over by the progressive left. We need to have rooms for a variety of views.”
Collins dodged a question by host Jake Tapper on who she voted for in November.
“Nice try, Jake,” she chided.
“I got asked that a great deal, and I'm going to keep my vote private,” she said. “To me, my election was all about who could better represent Maine and the country. I will work with whomever is the president. I've done that with four presidents, and I'm going to continue to do that with Joe Biden, with President Biden.”
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