U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) this morning countered weekend Republicans claims that President Joe Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan loses its stated organizing principle in a quicksand of partisan spending.
“The criticisms from Republicans that projects like housing, clean energy, and broadband access are not infrastructure related displays the lack of forward thinking by many Republican politicians,” said the Mercer-based Congresswoman.
“Eighty-five years ago this mindset would have thought of Rural Electrification as unnecessary infrastructure,” added Watson Coleman. “President Biden’s plan as well as the THRIVE resolution are calling for the most important infrastructure investment in a generation. Any investment worth its weight must look towards the future; they must recognize the needs our country will face and plan for them.”
The congresswoman’s comments came on the heels of several Republican leaders criticizing the Biden plan, which aims to revitalize a COVID-19-racked country in the manner of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s government spending to bail the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Picked out by Biden, a portrait of FDR hangs in the Oval Office.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves responded to a question by Jake Tapper about whether his state could use some of the $100 billion Biden proposes to spend on fixing roads and bridges neglected for decades amid gridlock in Washington and paralyzed public spending.
Yes, he said, but with strong reservations.
“There’s no doubt that Mississippi could use our fair share of $100bn,” Republican Reeves said. “The problem with this particular plan, though, is although the Biden administration is calling it an infrastructure plan, it looks more like a $2tn tax hike plan, to me. That’s going to lead to significant challenges in our economy, it’s going to lead to a slowing GDP … it’s going to lead to Americans losing significant numbers of jobs.”