Republicans offer infrastructure counter well short of Biden vision

The new GOP proposal includes $ 506 billion for roads and bridges, $ 98 billion for public transportation systems, $ 46 billion for passenger and freight routes, $ 21 billion for safety, $ 22 billion For ports and waterways and $ 56 billion for airports.

While the counteroffer is likely to prolong talks with the White House, the Biden administration and Senate Republicans remain far apart on several issues, including total costs, the definition of infrastructure, and how they will be paid for it. The White House has proposed paying for the package by increasing the corporate tax rate, a non-runner for the GOP. Republicans have instead proposed usage fees and used unused money for coronavirus relief, which Democrats oppose.

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