US President Joe Biden has outlined a plan to redesign the national infrastructure, undoing a signature of Trump legislation.
- The White House said the plan would create jobs to help the country fight climate change
- Donald Trump had previously lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent
- Mr Trump described the proposal as “one of the greatest self-inflicted economic wounds in history”.
The $ 2.3 trillion plan is to transform the US economy. Biden described this as a “one-time investment in America” that would undo his predecessor’s legislative achievement – huge corporate tax cuts.
“It’s not a plan that tinkers with the edges,” said Biden.
“It’s a one-time investment in America, unlike anything we’ve seen or done since the highway system and space race were built decades ago,” he said.
“In fact, it is America’s largest investment in jobs since World War II. It will create millions of jobs and high-paying jobs.”
White House officials say the spending will create these jobs if the country turns away from fossil fuels and tackles climate change.
It is also an attempt to compete with the technology and public investment of China, which has the second largest economy in the world and is rapidly gaining dominant position as the United States.
“I am convinced that 50 years from now, people will look back and say that this is the moment America wins the future if we act now,” said Biden.
The economic shift would be paid for through corporate taxes
The Democratic president’s infrastructure projects would be funded through higher corporate taxes – a compromise that could lead to fierce business opposition and thwart attempts to collaborate with Republican politicians.
Mr Biden hopes to be able to pass an infrastructure plan in the next few months that could mean relying solely on the slim democratic majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The higher corporate taxes would aim to raise the necessary piles of money over 15 years and then reduce the future deficit.
That way, Mr Biden would reverse the 2017 tax revision by former President Donald Trump and the Republicans of Congress and raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent.
Former President Donald Trump’s tax cut bill was the most comprehensive revision of the country’s tax law in more than 30 years. (
Reuters: Jonathan Ernst
The tax rate remains lower than the 35 percent corporation tax rate prior to Mr Trump’s legislation.
To discourage companies from shifting profits overseas to avoid taxes, a global minimum tax of 21 percent would be imposed.
The tax code would also be updated to prevent companies from merging with overseas companies and avoiding taxes by relocating their headquarters to a tax haven.
And, among other things, it would increase IRS audits on companies.
“Ninety-one Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, don’t pay a single penny in income tax,” Biden said.
Biden to hire Republicans even though the majority is enough to pass the bill
The president appealed to Republicans and the business community to join him in negotiating the bill, but the legislative prospect for the proposal already appears to be based on the low Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
“I’ll bring Republicans to the Oval Office, listen to what they have to say and be open to other ideas,” said Biden.
“We will negotiate in good faith. Any Republican who wants to help make this happen. But we have to do it.”
Democratic leaders accepted the president’s plan. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer of New York said it would create millions of jobs.
“I look forward to working with President Biden to adopt a great, bold plan that will propel America forward for decades to come,” said Schumer.
But the Republican opposition to Mr Biden’s ambitious proposal came swiftly and with determination for the long brawl ahead.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the package as nothing more than a “Trojan horse” for tax hikes.
Mr Trump issued a statement blowing up his successor’s proposal, claiming it would be “among the greatest self-inflicted economic wounds in history”.
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