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GOP senators hit Biden on infrastructure, taxes

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Two days before Republicans sit down with President Joe Biden to discuss infrastructure legislation, GOP leaders in the Senate criticized Biden on what qualifies as infrastructure spending, and how much the U.S. can afford. (May 11)

Video Transcript

JOHN BARRASSO: There is a group of us that are going to the White House on Thursday to meet with President Biden to talk about infrastructure. We are coming with a good faith offer, and we're hoping to find common ground on things that the American people would think of as infrastructure-- roads, bridges, ports, airports, waterways-- and of course, in the 21st century, high speed broadband.

We have no appetite at all for what the Democrats refer to as "soft infrastructure." And you know there are a number of very liberal proposals out there in terms of things that don't fit any definition that I would consider as infrastructure-- things like hundreds of billions of dollars for child care, for senior care, things that are gonna add significantly to the cost of any of the proposals that we're talking about.

RICK SCOTT: If you look at the numbers, if you look at how much money the Biden administration wants to spend this year, what it's gonna be is everybody is gonna see a tax increase. Everybody making less than half a million dollars is gonna see at least a $1,600 per person tax increase. That's $16,000 over 10 years.

So he's already broken his promise, and you cannot pay for all the things he's paying for with just people making over $400,000 a year. He won't focus on being honest with the American public about the taxes they're gonna raise.

On top of that, he's not being honest about inflation. Inflation is picking up. Look at gas prices, up over $0.70 a gallon since he got elected. Food prices up, household goods are up, diapers are up. And he does nothing about it.

JONI ERNST: So we do have a very well thought through plan that's being proposed by the Republicans. I'm so excited. We have key members that will be meeting with President Biden later this week, and I do hope that he is negotiating in good faith.