President Biden rejected the Republican idea of raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure.
A White House spokesman told reporters:
Biden speaks out against indexing the gas tax to inflation as part of the infrastructure agreement
Narrator: "The President is firmly against any plan to reverse these hard-won profits by taxing middle-class families for simply driving to work or taking their children to school."
– Burgess Everett (@burgessev) June 18, 2021
Biden was consistent and emphatic. He will not levy taxes on working people and families to pay for the infrastructure. He will pay for the infrastructure by ending Trump's tax cut on the rich and corporations.
The bipartisan infrastructure plan is likely going nowhere because it seems the people who negotiated the deal aren't sure how they're going to pay for it. Some Republicans like the plan because it maintains Trump's tax cuts for the rich, but that's a non-starter for Biden too.
The Democrats are preparing to hand down the infrastructure themselves, and Joe Biden is sending the message that the money for it will not come out of the pockets of families and middle-class Americans.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association