Blumenauer Statement on “Nonstarter” GOP Infrastructure Counterproposal

May 27, 2021
Press Release

Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on today’s nonstarter proposal by Senate Republicans to water down the American Jobs Plan:

“The clock is ticking and the gulf between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate on infrastructure is as wide as ever. The Senate GOP is proposing only $257 billion in new spending, compared to $1.7 trillion in new spending that President Biden proposed—which is already a compromise. Let’s get real. Not only is this amount far too low, but the suggestion that we take previously programmed money meant to deal with the coronavirus is a nonstarter.

“The Biden administration has proposed a series of funding mechanisms for necessary infrastructure improvements that are reasonable and are strongly supported by the American people–like ensuring rich people actually pay the taxes they already owe.

“We should not pass Memorial Day spinning our wheels with people who aren’t serious about the investments this country needs. I hope that the House Ways and Means Committee, along with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, moves forward. There will be plenty of time for Republicans to get on board if they are serious about rebuilding and renewing America for a low-carbon future.”