Joe Biden Meeting with Mitt Romney to Discuss Multi-Trillion-Dollar Spending Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) leaves a briefing for Senators by officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency on the state of election security on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2020 in Washington, …
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President Joe Biden plans to meet with Republican Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and John Hoeven (R-ND) at the White House on Monday, to discuss his proposed $2.5 trillion spending plan.

Democrat Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), as well as Sen. Angus King (I-ME), will join in on the meeting.
House members will include Democrats Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Norma Torres (D-CA). Reps. Carlos Giménez (R-FL) and Kay Granger (R-TX) will represent Republicans.

Romney is one of a group of Republicans preparing an alternate infrastructure plan that would spend less money and explore raising user fees, gas taxes, or even a mileage tax to pay for it.

The Utah senator detailed his thoughts to Capitol Hill reporters on a proposal to spend $600-800 billion.

He said:

The pay-for ought to come from the people who are using it. If it’s an airport, the people who are flying. If it’s a port, the people who are shipping into the port. If it’s highways, it ought to be gas if it’s a gasoline-powered vehicle. If it’s an electric vehicle some kind of mileage associated with that electric vehicle that would be similar to a gas tax.

Senate Democrats would rather raise corporate tax rates from 21 percent to 25 percent to help pay for the plan, Axios reported, even though Biden proposed a 28 percent corporate tax hike.

At Biden’s last meeting with members of congress, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) told the president undoing the Republican tax cuts would make his spending plan an “impossible sell.”


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