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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Sunday U.S. President Joe Biden would be willing to push through his $2 trillion infrastructure plan without the support of Republican lawmakers

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Granholm said that while Biden would prefer Republican backing, if that doesn’t work out, he would support using reconciliation - a procedural strategy that would allow Democrats, who own a slim majority in the Senate - to pass the bill without Republican help.

Biden’s infrastructure plan - his second major legislative initiative - so far looks unlikely to draw more bipartisan support than his first, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed with only Democratic support last month.

Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia Rouse said on CBS's Face the Nation that the infrastructure plan will also include building more child care centers for parents to drop off their children:

“What the jobs plan recognizes is that care is an important part of our infrastructure if workers are going to be able to go back to work. So the idea is to provide incentives for people- for child care centers to be built where there are none…”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said last week that Biden's infrastructure plan was "bold and audacious" but would raise taxes and increase debt. He vowed to fight it "every step of the way."

Former President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to tackle the nation's crumbling infrastructure during his presidency but never delivered.

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