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Cotton: Democrats' infrastructure bill will be focused on higher taxes, 'Green New Deal'

Cotton: Democrats' infrastructure bill will be focused on higher taxes, 'Green New Deal'
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Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Opposition to refugees echoes one of America's most shameful moments White House defends CDC outreach to teachers union MORE (R-Ark.) in an interview on Sunday threw cold water on the likelihood of Democrats picking up his support for an upcoming infrastructure push.

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Cotton indicated that he believed any infrastructure bill pursued by Democrats would be a wish-list of progressive priorities including programs related to the "Green New Deal," the legislation introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE (D-N.Y.) that would push the U.S. toward 100 percent renewable energy.

"This bill is not going to be geared to those needs, this bill will be geared towards big tax increases and the Green New Deal," Cotton predicted after host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' House Republican: Cheney has 'failed' GOP conference Facebook oversight board member on Capitol rioters: Trump was 'egging them on' MORE confronted him with statistics related to Arkansas's infrastructure needs.

"We spend too much money on things that are not roads, or bridges, or broadband access," the senator added.

His comments come as some Democrats, including Sens. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinHouse panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Md.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWyden: Funding infrastructure with gas tax hike a 'big mistake' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE (I-Vt.), have indicated that they believe infrastructure reform, likely to be the Biden administration's next big legislative push following the passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, will have to be passed using the budget reconciliation tactic which only requires a 50-vote threshold for passage in the evenly divided Senate where Vice President Harris would serve as a tie-breaker.

"What I have seen this year and in past years is that if we want to do something significant, it is very hard to get Republican support," Sanders said last week.

"So the devil is of course in the details. If Republicans are prepared to support a significant and important piece of legislation that deals with climate change, deals with infrastructure, that's great. My own feeling is at this point I doubt that that will be the case," he added.