WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: GOP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN “A SLAP IN THE FACE” AND “FAR TOO SMALL”
Today, congressional Republicans proposed to gut President Biden’s American Jobs Plan by slashing funding for provisions that would create millions of jobs like caregiving, and shifting the tax burden from corporations to everyday Americans by replacing the corporate tax rate hike with user fees like tolls.
In a press call organized by Invest in American Action, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), and Roosevelt Institute Director of Progressive Thought Mike Konczal ripped into the plan.
Here’s what they’re saying:
The GOP proposal also relies on a set of mostly unrealistic pay-fors, and would impose user fees instead of the Democrats’ approach of raising corporate taxes.
“It fails to meet the moment we’re in,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who like some other Democratic senators said it was “not a proposal I could support.”
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called the proposal “far too small” and said it “paves over the status quo.”
“The contrast could not be more stark,” Wyden said.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) on Thursday dismissed a $568 billion infrastructure proposal unveiled by his GOP colleagues earlier in the day as a “slap in the face,” setting the tone for what is expected to be a tough negotiation.
Casey declared he wouldn’t be “a part of any scheme that sells out our seniors,” referring to the lack of funding for home care services in the GOP infrastructure plan.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) blasted the package Thursday on a call with reporters as “far too small to fund the investments the American people need and strongly support,” fretting about the absence of aid to address climate change. And Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), joining Wyden, described it as a “scheme” masquerading as a response “to the moment that we’re in.”
“I will fight it with everything I can,” Casey said, pointing to the loss of elder-care provisions he supports in Biden’s plan.
American Independent: GOP’s counter to Biden jobs plan cuts help for seniors and caregivers
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, denounced the GOP plan on Thursday, vowing not to be “a part of any scheme that sells out our seniors and those with disabilities who have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.”
“The decision by Senate Republicans to completely cut the funding for home and community-based services that is in the American Jobs Plan is a slap in the face to older adults and people with disabilities. It’s also an insult to the workers who provide home and community-based services,” he said in a statement.