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April 6, 2021

Biden's big infrastructure plan hits GOP blockade

  • Sen. Roy Blunt said a smaller infrastructure package of about $615 billion could find backing from Republicans.
    AP Congressional Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are making the politically bet that it's more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden's ambitious “ Rebuild America” agenda than to lend support for the costly $2.3 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments.

    Much the way Republicans provided no votes for the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, they plan to stay on the sidelines for this next big lift by the White House, forcing Democrats to take full ownership of the massive package of spending and corporate tax hikes that Biden wants approved over the summer. Both sides are digging in this week as Biden shows no signs adjusting to satisfy Republican leaders, instead appealing directly to their constituents.

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