The White House announced on Tuesday that talks with Republicans in the Senate had failed. The talks focused on ambitious infrastructure transformation plans.
After his mission began to succeed, the level of approval his predecessor Donald Trump had never reached in four years reflected Joe Biden’s initial obstacles. In a concise statement, the White House therefore announced on Tuesday, June 8 that discussions with Senate Republicans had failed. Their goal is to reach an agreement on the ambitious infrastructure renovation plan presented at the end of March. A group of moderately elected officials from both camps will now work hard to achieve this goal.
This failure is already inevitable. In terms of the size and funding of the program, there is a real gap between the Democratic president and the Republican opposition. Joe Biden hopes to invest more than US$2.2 trillion (1,807 billion euros) in eight years for an employment program that involves the renovation of traditional infrastructure, the popularization of high-speed Internet, better support for the elderly, and housing and research expenses. He intends to fund these investments by increasing corporate taxes. As far as the Republicans are concerned, they oppose tax increases and exclude all expenditures that are not part of traditional infrastructure.
After more than a month of negotiations, the White House’s report on Tuesday that blamed the Republicans for the failure did not restrain Joe Biden’s hands. Because his plan includes fiscal measures, he can actually resort to the rules of the Senate, which allows him to evade the normally required 60-vote qualified majority to prevent any obstruction by Parliament (Obstruction). The Senate is currently divided into two equal camps, each with 50 votes, and only Vice President Kamala Harris can make decisions for the benefit of the Democratic Party.
If the group of moderate elected officials evoked Tuesday does not reach an agreement either, even limited to the provisions traditionally the most consensual, physical infrastructure, Joe Biden will however have to convince the elected most centrist Democrats, Joe Manchin, elected from the Republican stronghold West Virginia or Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona), don’t stop a plan from succeeding, he hopes to pass it without doing too much damage to the trap of the November 2022 midterm elections. Therefore, Joe Manchin plans to increase corporate tax from 21% to 28%.
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