The Senator from Vermont leads the Senate committee that will vote on any final committee bill …
Democrats want a gas tax…
Republicans want an electric car tax….
The Biden ‘Go BIG ‘ bill seems to be shrinking by the day….
“What is in the bipartisan bill in terms of spending is, from what I can see, mostly good. It is roads and bridges, and we need to do that. That is what we are proposing in our legislation, but in much greater numbers,” he said.
“One of the concerns that I do have about the bipartisan bill is how they are going to pay for their proposals, and they’re not clear yet. I don’t know that they even know yet, but some of the speculation is raising a gas tax, which I don’t support, a fee on electric vehicles, privatization of infrastructure. Those are proposals that I would not support.”
Congress has gone back and forth on infrastructure negotiations for months — Biden has called for a $4 trillion plan, while Republicans have been pitching their own proposals at less than a quarter of the cost. While the bipartisan group continues to iron out legislation, Democrats are readying an attempt to pass their own plan without any Republican votes in case negotiations fail.
Some progressives have balked at working with Republicans on a bill that doesn’t include priorities like climate change mitigation.
But many Republicans, like Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are similarly wary of legislation they see as too broad….
Lindsey Graham trying get over….
Sen. Lindsey Graham encouraged President Joe Biden to support his bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, but said it could be jeopardized if Democrats signal that they intend to follow it up with their own second infrastructure package via reconciliation.
“I think the difference between this negotiation and the earlier negotiation is that we are willing to add more new money to infrastructure in this package and I am hopeful that the White House and Joe Biden stay involved, we can get there,” Graham (R-S.C.) said on “Fox News Sunday.”…