On Sunday, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that he believes President Biden’s infrastructure plan would be a tray for the White House if it were cut down.
“I contacted the White House a couple of times and said, ‘They have an easy bipartisan win here if they keep this package focused on infrastructure,'” he said. “And then the other 70 percent of the package that doesn’t have much to do with infrastructure, if you want to force that in a partisan way, you can still do it. Why would you pass up the opportunity here to focus? On roads, bridges … . broadband, all of which would not be 40 percent of this package. “
But while Republicans, who are already prepared to reject the bill in its current form, want a simplified version, progressive Democrats, while generally supportive of the framework, don’t think Biden has gone far enough yet. Representative Ritchie Torres (DN.Y.), for example, saying Sunday that he believes another $ 30 billion would be needed to “fully address” America’s affordable housing crisis.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) aggregate that “we’re probably going to want to invest more” money to address climate change, specifically mentioning healthcare and making college more affordable as two other areas where “there’s a lot of work to do.”
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