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Will This Replace Biden’s Infrastructure Plan?

Will This Replace Biden’s Infrastructure Plan?

A group of bipartisan lawmakers known as the “Problem Solvers Caucus” has introduced an alternative infrastructure plan that aims to break the months-long stalemate on President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion proposal.

“The time is now for Congress and the Administration to reach across the aisle, unite, and boost investments in our surface transportation network that will move our transportation systems into the 21st century,” says Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Republican co-chair of the caucus.

“Infrastructure investment can and will deliver real benefits to every American and additionally, has the unique power to unite us as a nation.”

The $1.25 trillion plan includes:

  • $934 billion for traditional infrastructure projects
  • $74 billion to improve drinking water and wastewater systems
  • $71 billion to modify the electric grid to better utilize clean energy
  • $45 billion to improve access to broadband Internet
  • $25 billion to build electric vehicle charging stations
  • $10 billion for veterans’ housing

While it addresses several key objectives from Biden’s infrastructure plan, the proposal does not support the tax hikes progressives insist are necessary to provide funding.

“It’s critically important that we get a robust infrastructure package signed into law, and that we do it with strong bipartisan support,” says Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ), Democratic co-chair of the caucus. “This is the model for how we should govern in Washington: Democrats and Republicans working together to find common ground.”

The Problem Solvers Caucus played a key role in the adoption of the $900 billion COVID relief package, but their impact on the infrastructure impasse remains to be seen.

The group says it will offer funding proposals later this week.

In the meantime, progressives are pressuring Biden to abandon talks with the GOP so they can approve his proposal using the reconciliation process.


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