Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley — Chinese disinformation accounts removed GOP resistance to Biden FCC nominee could endanger board's Democratic majority Bottom line MORE (R-Miss.) took aim at President BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles 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 ToddHealth officials warn against jumping to conclusions on omicron Cohen says Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case Cohen says Trump will lose if he runs in 2024 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 eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud GOP fears boomerang as threat of government shutdown grows MORE (R-Mo.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellUS could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal MORE (R-Ky.) have signalled their opposition to the proposal unveiled by the White House last week, while some Democrats including Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Joe Manchin should embrace paid leave — now 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 CardinOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff Senators propose sanctions against Iran over alleged plot to kidnap US journalist 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.