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Progressives blast Biden's infrastructure offer to GOP: "$2 trillion was already the compromise"

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05.06.2021

A potential progressive revolt is brewing over President Joe Biden's compromise offer to Senate Republicans on infrastructure, a proposal that would leave in place the corporate tax rate established under the Trump administration and cut the original $2.2 trillion American Jobs Plan in half.

In a statement issued late Thursday after details of Biden's new $1 trillion proposal began to emerge, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) said that "if what we've read is true, I would have a very difficult time voting yes on this bill."

"Two trillion dollars was already the compromise. President Biden can't expect us to vote for an infrastructure deal dictated by the Republican Party," Bowman added. "The crises we face are immense and urgent. We have an economic crisis, a climate crisis, and a racial injustice crisis. We have a historic opportunity to act, and history won't judge us kindly if we let it pass us by."

Bowman was far from alone in voicing deep concerns over the president's compromise offer to Republican negotiators, who have repeatedly shown they are unwilling to accept an infrastructure deal that includes significant spending on renewable energy, the social safety net, and other key progressive priorities.

"The pursuit of Republican votes cannot come at the expense of necessary, urgent, and popular investments," the nearly 100-member Congressional Progressive Caucus tweeted Thursday. "For a just, equitable package that meets this moment, both physical and social infrastructure are essential. Progressives will not be forced to choose........

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