“It’s not exactly a state secret that Republicans — and, yes, some Democrats — don’t think we should be raising taxes right now on the very people we’re counting on to create the jobs we need to get us out of a jobs crisis,” McConnell continued. “And yet the one thing that every single proposal Democrats bring to the floor has in common is that it does just that.”
At another press conference touting the infrastructure bill, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he would support other ways to fund the proposal, such as savings from ramping down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Manchin had raised concerns about using the millionaire’s tax to pay for a White House proposal defeated by the Senate earlier this month to provide $35 billion to help state and local governments keep teachers and first responders on the job.
“This is one I agree with wholeheartedly,” Manchin said when asked about the offset for infrastructure spending. But he added that he would be open to other options.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.