Every step of the way': McConnell pledges battle over Biden infrastructure plan

Biden unveils $2 tril. jobs plan

Biden's infrastructure plan, unveiled on Wednesday, charts a course for dramatic change in the direction of the US economy and includes investments in traditional projects like roads and bridges along with climate change initiatives and human services like elder care.

US President Joe Biden has unveiled plans to spend over 2 trillion dollars to create jobs through steps like boosting the nation's infrastructure.

At a news conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, McConnell said the Biden proposal underscores deep philosophical differences between Republicans and Democrats over taxes and the national debt.

"If we can improve upon the president's proposal, we want to do that", Neal added.

To offset the massive cost, the president also proposed to increase corporate income tax rate to 28 percent, up from the current 21 percent, attempting to partially reverse the tax cut policy from former President Donald Trump's administration. Neal said he would consider bonds and expanded tax credits to pay for it.

Democrats control both chambers of Congress by narrow margins. Passage could be hard if Republicans line up against the plan.

Later Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the five secretaries "will be in charge of communicating with the public, communicating with Congress, communicating with mayors and governors, having discussions about different components of the bill".

In the House of Representatives, the Democratic majority is slightly more comfortable, and if there aren't any major defections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to pass the Biden plan in early July. Much of the legislation could be written in the first week of May, Pelosi said. Instead of taking place in the Cabinet Room, the traditional venue, the group gathered in the East Room to abide by public health guidelines and allow for social distancing, a White House official said. However, that could require them to drop elements that do not affect taxes and spending, such as provisions that would make it easier for workers to organize labor unions.



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