GOP senator hammers Biden proposal to raise corporate tax rate

Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerBiden looks to bolster long-term research and development McCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Instagram sparks new concerns over 'kidfluencer' culture MORE (R-Miss.) took aim at President BidenJoe BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report MORE's infrastructure proposal during a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the plan's funding via an increase of the corporate tax rate.

Speaking with host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddBoehner to NBC's Chuck Todd: 'You're a s---' for question about seeking office again Whitmer: State won't close down again following GOP lawsuits Boehner: 'America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I've ever seen' MORE, Wicker questioned how the plan could get bipartisan support given that a central part of the proposal involved a partial rollback of the GOP's 2017 tax reform plan.

I think [Transportation Secretary] Pete [Buttigieg] and I could come up with an infrastructure bill. What the president proposed this week is not an infrastructure bill," said Wicker, adding that what the bill really amounted to was a "huge tax increase."

"I’m all for working with the administration on an infrastructure bill," he continued, before predicting that many Americans would lose their jobs if the corporate tax rate was raised to 28 percent, as proposed by the president.

"How could the president expect to have bipartisanship when his proposal is a repeal of one of our signature issues in 2017?" Wicker asked.

"Let me just tell you: That’s going to cut job creation in the United States," he added.

Wicker's appearance came as other Republicans including Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban St. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict MORE (R-Mo.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhen it comes to Georgia's voting law, keep politics out of business Pelosi to offer even split on 9/11-style commission to probe Capitol riot Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal MORE (R-Ky.) have signalled their opposition to the proposal unveiled by the White House last week, while some Democrats including Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHouse Democrats eye passing DC statehood bill for second time Biden dispatches Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan On The Money: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change | Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act | Consumer bureau rolls out rule to bolster CDC eviction ban MORE (D-W.V.) have held out hope for obtaining GOP support for the legislation.

"I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start trying," Manchin told Axios last month, referring to Republicans.

Others such as Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? Battle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan MORE (D-Md.) have indicated that the party will likely have to push the plan through the Senate via budget reconciliation, a measure requiring only 50 votes.