On Thursday, Democrats in the US Senate largely dismissed the Republican down-to-earth proposal for an infrastructure spending package, which has come as a counteroffer to Decmorat President Joe Biden’s overinflated original proposal.
The GOP’s new proposal totals a $928 billion package, up from the original counteroffer of $568 billion.
However, the Republicans have also proposed that the spending in question should be drawn from non-new government spending, including unused money for COVID-19 relief.
Dems interests are more important than American interests
The Republicans’ counteroffer came in response to Biden’s original whopping $2.25 trillion package proposal, later reduced to $1.7 trillion.
Senate Democrats have been quick to put forth their skepticism of the new GOP counteroffer still insisting that it is insufficient for America’s present-day infrastructure needs.
Democratic opposition was expected since the Republicans have sought to prevent their opponents from redefining the word “infrastructure” from including pretty much all “care economy” spending that the Democrats would like to have.
Some Democrat Senators, though, have made it clear they don’t even think the GOP’s counteroffer could be worth considering.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declared she didn’t think the Republican counteroffer was “serious”.
She criticized the absence of “green infrastructure” in the Democrats’ proposal.
Warren further argued Biden’s package was “our chance” in order to “expand” the meaning of infrastructure.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) criticized the GOP for not engaging reasonably with the infrastructure package negotiations.
That is the same Democrat Senator who in March said the filibuster should be ended if the Republican Party continued to “stand in the way” of progress.
Biden will talk to Republicans
Sen. Richard Blumenthal lambasted the Republicans for refusing to “come to the dance floor” as Biden was seeking bipartisanship on the infrastructure package.
Republican lawmakers on Thursday emphasized that their counteroffer was specifically focused on actual infrastructure, without generating needless government spending.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) reminded that infrastructure was about services and platforms for moving goods and services.
Earlier on Thursday, Biden told reporters he was yet to review the counteroffer of the Republicans, while his press secretary, Jen Psaki criticized the proposal for lacking spending in some areas such as veteran’s hospitals, clean energy, lead pipes, and modern railroads.
She also argued that using redirecting COVID relief funds could have a major impact on economic relief as part of the government’s pandemic response.
Reports say Biden would be meeting with Republican Senators next week to discuss their counteroffer.