WASHINGTON — The president is eyeing more significant spending after signing into law a massive COVID-19 aid package last month. But this time he’s looking to provide relief for the country’s roads.
What You Need To Know
- Pres. Biden is eyeing more significant spending after signing into law a massive covid aid package last month
- Rep. Mike Gallagher is pressing the White House to bring Republicans to the negotiating table
- The president is pitching a $2 trillion plan under the umbrella of infrastructure and jobs reform
- Rep. Gallagher sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is pushing for smaller solutions that won’t break the bank
“The package that the president proposed, makes a historic investment in our nation's infrastructure rebuilds our economy, helps create 19 million jobs,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a briefing on Monday.
The president is pitching a $2 trillion plan under the umbrella of infrastructure and jobs reform, setting aside more than $600 billion for transportation, more than $100 billion for water systems, another $100 billion for the electrical grid, and more.
But Republicans have beef with this pricey proposal, arguing the administration will need to cut the fat if it expects bipartisan support.
“The bill spends billions more on electric vehicles than actually repairing and modernizing our roads, bridges, ports, waterways and our airports, which one would think would be the priority of any infrastructure bill, I mean there's $100 billion more to schools in this bill it's completely unrelated,” said Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay.
Rep. Gallagher is also taking issue with the president’s plan to fund the package by raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent. Pres. Trump adjusted it to 21 percent from 35 percent. Some Democrats say Trump’s tax cuts didn’t work for everyone and the benefits haven’t trickled down.
“Well, I don't think it's true based on the data that we've seen in Northeast Wisconsin,” said Rep. Gallagher. “Your median family experienced an increase in take-home pay, combined with the overall economic environment we were in prior to the pandemic, when things were going well, economically.”
The congressman sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is pushing for smaller solutions that won’t break the bank instead of comprehensive reform that, in his mind, won’t get bipartisan backing.
“I have a bill called the Safe Routes Act, which is a simple, bipartisan, commonsense, fix to our infrastructure that would allow logging trucks access to the highways, would help our economy or forestry-related economy here in Northeast Wisconsin.”