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McConnell: Biden Infrastructure a Guise for 'Liberal Wish List'

McConnell: Biden Infrastructure a Guise for 'Liberal Wish List'
Senate Minority Leader enator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., during a Senate Republican leadership press conference, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 April 2021 12:30 PM

President Joe Biden's unity agenda is actually a hat tip – if not a bow – to "far-left dogma," according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who calls the White House infrastructure plan "a missed opportunity" to pull in Republicans.

"Our nation could use a serious, targeted infrastructure plan," McConnell wrote in a statement denouncing the "liberal wish-list" disguised as infrastructure. "There would be bipartisan support for a smart proposal. Unfortunately, the latest liberal wish-list the White House has decided to label 'infrastructure' is a major missed opportunity by this administration."

On Thursday, McConnell predicted on Thursday that Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan will not get support from Republican lawmakers in Congress due to its size and proposed tax increases.

"I'm going to fight them every step of the way, because I think this is the wrong prescription for America," McConnell told a news conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, adding that he does not believe Democrats have a public manadate to advance Biden's proposal.

McConnell points out just 6% of supposed infrastructure spending goes to repairing decaying roads and bridges, adding it spends "more money just on electric cars than on America's roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways combined" and attacks Right to Work protections, bowing to "Big Labor" bosses.

"This plan is not about rebuilding America's backbone," McConnell wrote.

"Every time that far-left dogma clashes with the interests of American families, today’s Democrats pick the dogma."

Further, McConnell rebukes, funding the $2 trillion plan will require another favorite Democrat policy position: Massive tax hikes.

"This proposal appears to use 'infrastructure' as a Trojan horse for the largest set of tax hikes in a generation," his statement continued. "These sweeping tax hikes would kill jobs and hold down wages at the worst possible time, as Americans try to dig out from the pandemic. But don't worry, coastal elites — House Democrats are demanding a special SALT carve-out that would cut taxes for wealthy people in blue states."

These partisan moves, while pushing away Republicans, are just extensions of the power grab of the "so-called voting rights bill" and the massive socialist spending in the "COVID bill," McConnell added.

"Democrats keep trying to use important issues as smokescreens for unrelated agendas," he wrote. "That's why their partisan 'COVID bill' focused on non-COVID-related liberal goals like bailing out mismanaged states and breaking the link between welfare and work.

"That's why their so-called 'voting rights bill' tees up a one-party takeover of our democracy, with radical changes like turning the Federal Election Commission into a Democrat-run partisan body."

All this partisan pushing under an administration vowing "unity" has McConnell longing for the Congress that worked with the Trump administration.

"There is bipartisan support for smart policies to strengthen America," he concluded. "The Senate voted 92-7 to extend small business relief less than a week ago. We passed five historic bipartisan COVID packages in 2020 and none earned fewer than 90 votes in the Senate.

"Democrats should stop worrying about pleasing the far left and work across the aisle on bipartisan solutions that could pass with big bipartisan majorities."

Material from Reuters was used in this story.

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