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Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure

Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure
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President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE and Vice President Harris are set to meet with a group of bipartisan lawmakers on Monday about the president’s sweeping infrastructure proposal. 

Biden and Harris will meet with Sens. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellThis week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning Will Biden's NASA win the space race with China? Bill Nelson is a born-again supporter of commercial space at NASA MORE (D-Wash.), Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations MORE (R-Neb.), Alex PadillaAlex PadillaHispanic Caucus endorses essential worker immigration bill Padilla introduces bill to expand California public lands Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Calif.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Hillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech MORE (R-Miss.), in addition to Reps. Garret GravesGarret Neal GravesGOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs House Republicans kick off climate forum ahead of White House summit MORE (R-La.), Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), David PriceDavid Eugene PriceSecret Service: Optics of Trump greeting supporters outside Walter Reed wasn't a factor GOP ramps up attacks on Biden's border wall freeze The US has a significant flooding problem — Congress can help MORE (D-N.C.) and Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Does Biden have an ocean policy? McCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election MORE (R-Alaska).

Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE told Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' CDC director denies political pressure affected new mask guidelines Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE on Sunday that Biden would have an “open mind” toward changes to the size and funding of his $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, but he added that the president would not accept inaction.

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The president’s efforts to secure bipartisan support for the package got off to a rocky start last week, and Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsNew York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  Biden to go one-on-one with Manchin US, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks MORE (D-Del.), a close Biden ally, said that there will be just one month set aside to hammer out a deal with Republican lawmakers. 

The president’s plan, which has been branded as “The American Jobs Plan,” includes funding for fixing bridges, highways and roads, in addition to a swath of investments ranging from broadband access to replacing lead pipes to child care centers and more.

Republicans have argued that the plan is too expensive and includes too many provisions that are not infrastructure. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden MORE (R-Ky.) panned the package last week, calling it a “major missed opportunity” and “the latest liberal wish-list.”

But in the Senate, Democrats are expected to use budgetary rules to pass the package, even with no Republican support. The proposal can avoid a filibuster in the upper chamber using budget reconciliation rules.  

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The administration is proposing to help pay for the package by increasing the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent, which was set by the 2017 GOP tax plan.

Centrist Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe imminent crises facing Joe Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  MORE (D-W.Va.) has said that Biden’s proposal needs changes and that raising the corporate tax rate goes too far. Manchin on Wednesday said in an interview that “there’s six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about this. We have to be competitive, and we’re not going to throw caution to the wind.” 

The White House would need every Democratic senator to vote for the package in the upper chamber, with Harris breaking a tie if no Republicans offer support.