The recent decision made by the White House to push a pair of twin infrastructure packages is actually creating more complications along the pathway to getting these pieces of legislation passed and helping the Biden administration’s current messaging strategy.
President Biden recently pulled the sheet away from the monstrous “American Jobs Plan,” which will cost a staggering $2.25 trillion, last week in the city of Pittsburgh, along with a big corporate tax hike, as officials working in the administration have stated that yet another massive spending bill is soon on the way.
The White House’s bifurcated approach to infrastructure amounts to “new territory,” according to Michele Nellenbach, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s strategic initiatives vice president.
Biden’s second package, marketed as his “American Families Plan,” is better described as the president’s social agenda, she said. But even his first proposal, the “American Jobs Plan,” veers out of the traditional infrastructure policy lane, with its investments in research and development and workforce measures.advertisement — content continues below
Nellenback has gone on to predict that the second spending package will be much harder to get passed through Congress, mostly due to indications that it will be stuffed with policy priorities that members of the GOP are going to oppose, such as lowering the Medicare eligibility age, making community college free, and a universal pre-kindergarten.
“Although Congress is on its own path, so it’s not clear to me how exactly they incorporate what the administration is proposing,” she said during an interview with the Washington Examiner. “What isn’t clear is what the Republicans do when you get into the pay-for conversation, and how expansive do those conversations become? Is that when you start to bring in the social infrastructure questions? Because that’s where you’ll lose the Republicans.”
“If we can have two separate conversations, if you can have one that sort of focuses on this typical bipartisan infrastructure path and allow them to go through regular order, and allow them to work together and do that, that’s one thing,” she went on to add. “But if you start to bring in some of those other issues that the president has put in these proposals, then you start to lose the bipartisanship.”
Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn discussed how “not even 6 percent” of the president’s first infrastructure package is actually dedicated to getting roads updated, along with bridges and has the “largest tax hike in nearly three decades” included in it.
“Our country needs a bipartisan and targeted approach to improving infrastructure,” she stated. “President Joe Biden ran on a platform of unity, but since taking office has shown his true colors as an unrestrained partisan.”
“The White House hasn’t admitted Biden will likely need to rely on reconciliation to pass one or both of the packages. And that’s even if the Senate parliamentarian permits them to clear two more pieces of legislation with a simple majority vote, meaning without a single GOP member in support. Aides, though, seem resigned to the fact it’s going to be a hard slog to strike a deal before Memorial Day, a timeline laid out Thursday by press secretary Jen Psaki,” the Washington Examiner report said.
We’ve all come to accept the very obvious fact that Biden is too spaced out of his brain to even have a clue as to what is going on right now, so it’s not surprising he would try to do something this stupid.
The infrastructure packages are not about making needed repairs to roads and bridges. It’s about shoving through items on their wish list on the down low. Sneaky and underhanded, isn’t it?