McConnell Vows No Republican Support For Biden’s ‘American Jobs Plan’ Infrastructure Bill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) confirmed Thursday that no matter what President Joe Biden‘s American Jobs Plan infrastructure bill includes, no Republican will vote in favor of the bill.
“That package that they’re putting together now, as much as we would like to address infrastructure, is not going to get support from our side. Because I think the last thing the economy needs right now is a big, whopping tax increase,” McConnell said at a Kentucky GOP event Thursday.
McConnell’s claims confirmed what was widely assumed already. As a result, Democrats have already planned for the possibility of passing Biden’s new bill along party lines.
“You’re either alarmed about the level of national debt and the future impact of that on our children and our grandchildren or you aren’t,” McConnell said at the event. “My view of infrastructure is we ought to build that which we can afford, and not either whack the economy with major tax increases or run up the national debt even more.”
McConnell’s claims that American “cannot afford” infrastructure spending comes after four years of Republican tax breaks for corporations that widened America’s wealth gap while hurting the country’s most impoverished states, like McConnell’s. Biden has already indicated that he wants an increase of corporate income tax by 7%, reversing a 2017 GOP tax plan, which could fund any potential projects Democrats hope to move forward with.