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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 BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 CantwellSenate Democrats threaten to block 2026 World Cup funds unless women's soccer team get equal pay Senate confirms Biden's top scientist Senate chaos: Johnson delays exit as votes pushed to Friday MORE (D-Wash.), Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOn The Money: May jobs report to land at pivotal moment in Biden agenda | Biden, top GOP negotiator agree to continue infrastructure talks Friday JBS ransomware attack underscores threat facing meat industry McConnell returns as Senate 'grim reaper' MORE (R-Neb.), Alex PadillaAlex PadillaDemocratic divisions threaten Biden's voting push Senate Latino Democrats warn about low Hispanic vaccination rates Hispanic Caucus endorses essential worker immigration bill MORE (D-Calif.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerOvernight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Senate bill would add visas, remove hurdles to program for Afghans who helped US Bipartisan bill proposes to add billion in restaurant relief funds MORE (R-Miss.), in addition to Reps. Garret GravesGarret Neal GravesSafe and ethical seafood on the menu this Congress GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs 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 YoungOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Overnight Energy: Biden admin backs Trump approval of major Alaska drilling project | Senate Republicans pitch 8 billion for infrastructure | EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines Biden signs bill to help Alaska cruise industry MORE (R-Alaska).

Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE told Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceLewandowski says Trump has not spoken to him about being reinstated Divisions remain on infrastructure as clock ticks on bipartisan deal Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates 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 CoonsOvernight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Bipartisan senators introduce bill to protect small businesses from cyberattacks China conducts amphibious landing drill near Taiwan after senators' visit 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 McConnellWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain 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 ManchinWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives 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.