Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that the Republican Party would be willing to work with Democrats on an $800 billion infrastructure package that would focus on “traditional” projects like roads, bridges, and clean water.
The figure is far less than the $2 trillion promoted by President Biden.
“The proper price tag for what most of us think of as infrastructure is about 6 to $800 billion,” he said, adding: “What we’ve got here is what can best be described as a bait and switch.”
The roadmap laid out by Republicans would set aside:
- $299 billion for roads and bridges
- $61 billion for public transit systems
- $20 billion for rails, including Amtrak
- $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater
- $13 billion for safety, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
- $17 billion for ports and inland waterways
- $44 billion for airports
- $65 billion for broadband
- $14 billion for water storage
“The way to pay for infrastructure is through the gas tax that already exists, and the gap between that and what we’re willing to spend here needs to be credibly paid for, and the best way to pay for infrastructure is with the people who use it,” McConnell said.
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